Giving Sensory Help to a Toddler
--by Marleen, posted Oct 2, 2018
The boy's shirt was rather wet from drool and, as a sensory input specialist, I also noticed definite sensory seeking actions. I was mulling over how to address this, as I knew this kid had sensory issues and could easily be developing far better, if he got proper help.
At a point I remembered food issues fitting what I saw, so I addressed the dad. "Apologies, how is your son with food? I think he might be crammimg his mouth full before swallowing." The dad turned to me and was utterly surprised! "How do you know that?" I explained my background and at that point mom also entered the conversation.
I explained a bit about sensory issues, and how to bring the sensory threshold back in balance easier. I was allowed to show some techniques, like deep pressure on the joints of the entire body, to make their son more aware of his body.
The awesome thing was the little guy was on a toddler bike and when applying pressure to his shoulder area and hips, he made immediate eye contact, followed by a huge grin. He loved the fact he got input without needing to seek. That face is etched in my memory.
Mom and Dad were flabbergasted at how instantly this had effect on him, so I gave them a website of SI-therapists. I also mentioned that I had struggled whether to address this as first time parents get showered with unwanted advice. Mom and dad both were very receptive and thanked me for being so helpful and clear.
May this family thrive with the new knowledge, and it would be a bonus if one day I catch a glimpse of them doing awesomely! 😍💗💖