Having Fun Indoors
All children need a healthy diet of sensory input in order to stay focused. When they have sensory challenges, providing them with that input is even more important. In the winter months, your options for activities are often limited to the indoors.
- Indoor obstacle course: Pillows, cushions, and blankets can be used to build an obstacle course for your child to navigate and learn motor skills.
- Therapy ball: There are many activities that can be done with a therapy or yoga ball to improve stability and fine motor control.
- Rocking chair: For children that need calming sensory input to self-regulate, a rocking chair may be comforting.
Playing in the Snow
Not all children with sensory symptoms and other challenges enjoy playing in the snow, but for those that enjoy the winter weather, there are a variety of ways to keep them active and stimulated.
- Sledding: Sitting on a sled helps with core stability, which may be especially beneficial for children with motor challenges.
- Building snowmen: Not only is building a snowman active and engaging, but it can help children to learn the names body parts.
- Making snow angels:The movement involved in making a snow angel can improve bilateral coordination and motor skills.
Remember that warm clothing is necessary for going out in the cold, but for some children with sensory needs, bundling up in hats, mittens, and heavy coats is uncomfortable, so you may want to limit time outdoors if it is too distressing. Certain materials may be more soothing.
As long as you consider their different needs and abilities, winter can be fun for every child!
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