Updated April 2021
As part of Bear’s Autism, he was also diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Help is at hand.
So if the picture describes your child, what can you do to help them?
A sensory diet can help. An Occupational Therapist (OT) can help you learn some excellent techniques and exercises. The program will be specific for their needs, be it a seeker or an avoider.
For us, a basic thing we do for Bear is getting him out of the house at least once a day to the park or beach or similar. Fresh air, space and movement is very important for him. It gives him a sense of calm in a world that can otherwise feel overwhelming and intense.
Each park we go to has different positives such as swings at one park and monkey bars at another. These activities help build his core strength and upper body strength. This in turn will help with fine motor skills such as holding a pencil.
Not to mention the benefits to my mental health when he is pinging off the walls and driving me insane! Fresh air for me and a quiet sit down while they play. Or it gets me moving as well as I push the swing or help him across the monkey bars.
The only negative would be the amount of excess sand and sticks he brings home!