What happens when your child has sensory processing issues and struggles with organizational issues at schools? Are you afraid he will lose school-issued equipment or paperwork (such as worksheets and permission slips)? Does she hate reading physical books, or have difficulty listening to audiobooks? Welcome to the world of parenting a child with sensory issues whose organizational, visual, and auditory demands at school can frustrate everyone. Fortunately, I have some tips.
Kids with sensory issues tend to be disorganized, yet the organizational systems set up for them by others often don’t work. Julie Morgenstern, author of the fantastic book Organizing from the Inside Out, has written about how organizational systems have to match up with how an individual operates. Customizing the organizing systems in your home can really help the clutter and messes from getting out of control. Here’s an example. Your child with sensory issues might insist t
When a child's sensory processing is atypical, her brain is not wired like everyone else's. Kids with SPD process information from the senses differently, think differently, and respond differently to everyday sensations. They're often struggling to fit into systems created by people whose brains operate a more neurotypically, which can make organizing time, tasks, and possessions very challenging. As a sensory smart parent, your job is to honor your child's differently wired
Kids with sensory processing disorder often have trouble understanding time and sequence without the help of visual supports. One of the best tips I ever got from another parent was to make and use a visual to do list for my son when he was in preschool to keep him on task during the morning routine. My quickly scribbled list was like a magic wand! Suddenly, instead of redirecting him 176 times before getting him on the little yellow bus, I had him showing me just what he nee
While sensory kids can benefit from wearing a heavy backpack because of the deep pressure input (also known as proprioceptive input) it provides, and certainly proprioceptive input needs to be part of a sensory diet at school, a too-heavy backpack is a problem. Because our kids often have organizational issues, they can end up overloading their backpacks with items they don’t need, causing muscle strain. AOTA, the American Occupational Therapy Association, offers these tips a
Many kids have already started the new school year; others are gearing up to do so. I know many of you are nervous about the changes this year. Be sure to pull that copy of RAISING A SENSORY SMART CHILD off your shelf (and pick up a copy for yourself–even for your child’s teacher!) and do take a look at our chapters on advocating for your child at school, organizational issues, and practical solutions for everyday problems. The book is chock full of practical strategies that