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3 Ways You Can Help Your Grandchild with Sensory Processing Disorder

Being a grandparent to a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can be a challenge. You want to help them, but you are not sure how. While every child is different, here are some tips for helping your grandchild cope.

  1. Create an area in your house for emotional times
  2. The goal is to create a calming area, clutter-free, quiet and dim. Areas that would work are under a desk or table or in the corner of a closet. (How fun would it be to create a cool area in the closet for them to crawl into when they needed it!) While we did say clutter-free, there should still be items in the area for them. Include items like: their favourite books, a weighted blanket, noise cancelling headphones, and sensory toys for them to use.

  3. Use visual aids
  4. When your grandchild visits, be sure to use visual aids and visual schedules to help avoid overwhelming feelings. Use labels and photos for bins, baskets, and drawers in your house so your grandchild can easily tell what is inside. Using a visual schedule to map out a routine is also a great tool.

  5. Toys and Tools
  6. Speaking of tools... consider stocking up on fun sensory toys for your grandchild (you’re sure to love them as well)! Here are some of our favourites:

    • Squigz- These pretty fun little suckers are great for attention and fine motor skills development! Connect them to each other, or any non-porous surface to create literally anything!
    • Spooner Board- This is a great vestibular sensory toy! Your grandchild can spin, twist and rock around. For someone who wants to be on the move, PlasmaCars are great alternatives
    • I Spy Dig In- Recognition, matching, memory and discrimination skills all in one game! What could be better than a simple game to encourage visual development while ensuring you and your grandchild have a blast together! Race to be the first to dig into the bowl and find the items.
    • Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty- This best seller is AMAZING!! It doesn’t dry out. Its thick and not sticky. Best of all, it is perfect for squeezing, pulling, and twisting out your frustrations and need for proprioceptive input!
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