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How To Guide On Deep Pressure Sensory Activities for Kids

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In the post, we are sharing Deep Pressure Sensory Activities for Kids. Our body continuously receives and processes the sensory information around us. Our senses provide us with the information required to function in the world. We receive stimuli information both externally and internally within our bodies.

Our sensory system includes auditory (hearing), vision, olfactory (smell), vestibular (movement), tactile (touch), gustatory (taste), and proprioceptive (body awareness).

Sensory processing is the neurological process that organizes and interprets all the sensations we receive to function effectively in the environment.

What is Deep Pressure?

Deep touch pressure is often provided by hardened holding, firm stroking, squeezing, cuddling, and hugging. Deep touch pressure is a combination of tactile and proprioceptive input. 

The proprioceptive sense refers to the sensory input and feedback which inform us about the motion and position of the body. Proprioceptive receptors are located in our muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues.

If a child has difficulty processing proprioceptive data, it is because his or her brain does not receive the correct messages about stretching muscles. if the joints bend or straighten, and how many of these occur, children may seek more intense forms of a proprioceptive or deep intake of pressure.

Deep Touch Pressure Benefits

While each child is different and has his or her preferences, I consider deep pressure my basic sensory strategy at home and work. 

Whether I’m working with a child who’s overstimulated and can’t stand still or I’m having an anger attack with one of my kids at home, the first thing I find myself doing is down to their level, taking their hands and applying deep pressure while I calmly speak to them. 

Deep pressure contact is a successful strategy for people with autism, anxiety, hyperactivity, developmental disorders, and other special needs.

It’s a small, simple thing that can have a calming effect on children in minutes (or even seconds) and – at its most basic level – does not require any equipment but your two hands!

Deep Pressure Sensory Activities for Kids

Of course, the simplest way to apply deep pressure is to use your hands to massage or “pressure” a child who needs help regulating his or her body.

But there are a lot of other ways to provide that kind of relaxing sensory input.    Here is a list of calming deep pressure ideas that you can come back to repeatedly when you are sensory problem-solving strategies for children…

Here are some of the most effective deep pressure sensory activities ideas.

  • Weighted Blanket
  • Bear Hugs
  • Push-ups
  • Mummy wrap 
  • Lycra or net swing
  • Body socks
  • Beans bag chairs
  • Chewy tubes
  • Crunchy and chewy snacks
  • Pressure foam roller
  • Sensory Sack
  • Double squeezer
  • Massage
  • Swimming and Water Play
  • Rolling ball therapy

All of these Sensory Activities are connected with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). We tried to cover up as many activities as we could. We are happy that you’ve reached the end. If you like our efforts, share them with your friends and family. Also, comment your feedback down below. We love our reader’s feedback. 

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