How Toys Can help Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

How Toys Can help Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) also known as sensory integration dysfunction, is a condition that affects how the brain processes stimuli from the sense organs.

It is predominant in Kids; though, the condition has also been diagnosed in adults. People with this ailment are either under-sensitive to sensory stimuli, over-sensitive to things in their environment, or suffer from both.

Take, for instance, a kid with SPD may cringe in pain at the slight brush of their shirt, or feel overwhelmed with pain around common sounds.

At the other spectrum, the kid might not even feel pains at all. They are unresponsive to extreme heat or cold.

Then, there are those that suffer from both types of sensory processing disorder. These kids are over-sensitive to certain sensory inputs and utterly insensitive to others.

Apart from these symptoms, kids with SPD can bump into things, are uncoordinated, can’t tell the location of their limbs in space, and often find it difficult to hold conversations. In addition, the condition can adversely affect their learning ability.

Now as a parent, a teacher, or a therapist of an SPD kid you know firsthand just how tricky it can be to get the young one to seat and pay attention or take part in healthy kids’ activities, or even to learn.

Thankfully, toys come in handy here as a way to get the SPD kid’s life back to normal or at least take steps to expose them to their triggers gently.

And there is a wide range of options available that are suitable for various types of sensory inputs. So, you don’t have to worry whether the child is going to be overwhelmed, upset, or frightened when trying to play with the toys.

For instance, if your child is a chewer – you know like indiscriminatingly having anything fingers, pencils, shirtsleeves…you name it… in their mouth. You may want to consider getting a chewable bracelet.

Also, the bracelet acts as a nifty fidget tool. Some of these chewable necklaces are designed like the old good worry stones, so by handling the bracelet, your kid can concentrate on reading or any other homeschooling task.

A noise-canceling headphone is an excellent plaything for kids sensitive to noise. These headphones can act as a coping mechanism for your child especially in situations where others are making noise, or due to thunderstorm and they feel themselves having a meltdown.

It’s also an excellent way for the kids to focus on a given task since the headphone tunes out surrounding noise.

Does your kid have problems with coordination and motor movements or bump into things? Get them those fun, little plasma cars.

Thankfully, it’s great fun for most kids, it’s a cool outdoor toy, and you don’t even have to say it before they hop into it. The car requires your kids to propel it with their body which is a great way to burn some energy, stay fit, and improve their overall body coordination.

So, there you have it; though, there are still other types of toys designed to help you manage specific stimulus.