Occupational Therapy

Sensory Alerting

You might notice the some of the following behaviours in your child. This could be a sign that they would benefit for some sensory alerting activities.

  • Difficulty starting tasks
  • Seems to day dream
  • Swings between a passive, ‘switched off’ state to excited overactive
  • Difficulty transitioning from one activity to another.

The main types of sensory input that are alerting and regulating are:

  • Heavy work for muscles
  • Deep pressure/light pressure touch
  • Fast and changing movement
  • Stimulating Environment.

Types of Sensory Input

Please be aware that for children and young people deep pressure or light touch can be triggering for them and therefore it would be best to use a different type of strategy. You can speak to your child's Occupational Therapy team about this.

Who Can Help?

Children's Occupational Therapists work with children from birth to 18 (or 19 if attending Complex Need schools). If your child or young person is under the Occupational Therapy teams, you can speak to them about any questions you may have.

If you think your child requires specialist support, please speak to their GP.

If you have any questions about your child or young person's general health or development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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