1. Salt Baths:
Low levels of magnesium may result in hypersensitivity to noise and tantrums. A warm bath with epsom salt has shown to reduce anxiety in children and help them calm.
2. Chewing Stimulation Toys
For fidgety children who are constantly seeking sensory input, a chew toy will help to satisfy this need and reduce anxiety.
3. “Heavy Lifting”
For children who are always moving, or children who are under-sensitive, physical activities will help fulfill your child’s sensory needs. Try to book time for activities such as swimming, jumping and spinning.
Have your child help with chores around the house – Occupational therapists refer to this as “heavy lifting”. When your child is doing things that require their muscles to push, pull, climb, carry or lift”, it will help alleviate their fidgety behavior by providing them with the sensory input they need, especially for children who are under-sensitive
Let your child know when a potentially loud noise is coming up (i.e public transit, washrooms etc), teach them to insert earbuds to help reduce the loudness. However, ensure that the earbuds do not block out sounds completely, as it may result in accidents.
5. Type of Clothing
Certain materials can feel itchy or “weird” to (i.e cheap fleece or polyester). Instead try natural, breathable materials such as bamboo.
6. Heavy Clothing & Blankets
As recommended by a lot of occupational therapists, heavy, weighted clothing creates pressure and a warm embrace to help your child feel safe and cocooned in, the pressure and “embrace like feel” helps keep the child calm, when they do fidget (move their hands and legs), the weight of the blanket provides extra resistance, thus giving satisfying their sensory needs. This is especially useful if you have a child with SPD who has trouble falling asleep.
7. Experiment With Different Foods
Food textures may result in sensory overload for your child. Therefore, experiment with different types of food. For example, If he doesn’t like smooth peanut butter, try the crunchy type.
8. Sensory Buckets
Try creating “sensory bins”. Fill a small plastic bin with things like sand, rice, beans, shaving cream or water, and add small toys.
9. Provide Fidgets
Yes, fidget spinners can help. Fidget cubes too – that’s what they were made for!
10. Modify Lighting
Dimmer lighting can be soothing for children with SPD. Also, avoid lighting that “flickers”.