Occupational Therapy

Sensory Organising

Sensory organising activities help to focus the brain for learning as they require planning and performing of actions in a sequence. The brain and body have to work together for the activities to be performed effectively. These types of strategies/activities requires balance and multi-sensory processing.

Discuss with your child times when they can be active and noisy and times when it's important to be calm. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a visual reminder for your child so they are able to remind themselves of which ones work best, in different situations.

Activities to Encourage The Brain & Body to Work Together

  • Simon Says
  • Animal walks. Be creative and think of as many as you can – try to encourage weight bearing through limbs, encourage slow, rhythmical movements – spinning and jumping can have an alerting affect.
  • Use of a balance board
  • Crawling through a tunnel
  • Use of an obstacle course – build it together with your child and get the whole family involved!
  • Playing a game of pairs
  • Completing a puzzle
  • Outdoor play at the park or in the garden
  • Using a hula hoop
  • Throwing beanbags into a target.

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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