The brain responds best to purposeful and meaningful activity. Keep this very critical concept in mind when incorporating sensory activities and a sensory diet/home program into your daily routine. Always make it fun, always make it meaningful and purposeful, and the brain is much more likely to respond AND there will not be tension or stress involved with any of it.
Never force a sensory activity or technique. (This includes brushing)
Children inherently want to please, do not assume “bad behavior” is the root of the situation
A sensory signal is a hint, clue, or indicator given by a child's behavior or reaction to the environment or surroundings. This includes a child's reaction to social interaction or communication. When one understands a child's sensory signals, it becomes more natural and clear as to how to enrich the environment with the right sensory tools and strategies.
Angie Voss, OTR Content Writer for ASensoryLife.com
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When there is a greater understanding of sensory needs and differences, a transformation and shift in how one perceives the challenges can make all of the difference in behavior, development, and quality of life for a child. Angie Voss, OTR