3 Things To Help A Child Focus With Sensory Processing Disorder | Pediatric Therapy Tv

A Pediatric Occupational Therapist shows us 3 things that can help a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) sit and or focus more.

In This Video You Will Learn:

  • What a weighted blanket can do
  • How a fidget toy can help your child with Sensory Processing Disorder
  • What product can help your child sit in a chair

Video Transcription:

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audience, this is Pediatric Therapy TV, where we provide experience and
innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn.

Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I am your host,
Robyn Ackerman. Today I’m standing with Lindsay Miller, a
pediatric occupational therapist.

Lindsay, can you show us three things that a child may benefit
from using who has Sensory Processing Disorder?

Lindsay: Sure. I’ve got to start off with showing you a weighted
blanket. A weighted blanket is great for kids with Sensory
Processing Disorder who need a lot of movement to function to
their maximum ability. I think using a weighted blanket is a
great option. It’s basically just a regular blanket that’s much
heavier. They can put it on their lap, or when they’re lying
down they can put it on top of themselves.

It provides a lot of deep pressure input to their muscles and
their joints, which is very calming for the body. It decreases
the amount of movement that they need so that they can sit and
do homework or play a game, or whatever it is that they need to

The next thing is a fidget toy. A fidget toy is also good for
kids who like to touch a lot of things or like to move around a
lot. It’s a really simple thing. It could be something like a
koosh ball or a stress ball. They can keep it in their pocket or
hold onto it. It’s to help them have something they can play
with and keep their hands busy while they’re doing homework or
when they’re supposed to be listening so that they can attend to
a task.

Robyn: And those are good for circle time, right?

Lindsay: Yes, great for circle time. It’s also good for when they are in
school and they need to be sitting and doing their work. They
can have something to play with while they’re writing.

Robyn: Wonderful.

Lindsay: And the other thing is a Move-n-Sit Disc. This is essentially a
plastic desk that has a textured side on one side and the other
is a little bit smoother. You put it right on their chair and it
allows them to wiggle around so that they get the movement that
they need instead of wandering away from their chair or rocking
in their chair.

Robyn: Great. Thank you so much, Lindsay, and thank you to our
viewers. And remember, keep on blossoming.

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