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Embrace Sensory Activities



December bursts with sensory delights. Twinkling lights paint the night sky, carols fill the air, and tempting aromas waft from kitchens filled with holiday cheer. For children with special needs, this season can be incredibly stimulating, offering a wealth of opportunities to explore and engage with the world around them. In this blog post, we'll delve into the benefits of sensory activities for children with special needs and share some fun and festive ideas to make the most of December's sensory playground.


The Power of Sensory Play


Sensory play benefits children of all abilities, but it can be particularly transformative for children with special needs. Engaging the senses can help children:


  • Develop motor skills: Sensory activities often involve movement and exploration, strengthening muscles, and improving coordination.

  • Improve sensory processing: Sensory play can help children learn to regulate their responses to sensory input, leading to increased calmness and focus.

  • Enhance communication skills: Sensory activities can provide opportunities for communication, both verbal and nonverbal.

  • Boost cognitive development: Sensory play can help children learn about the world around them and develop problem-solving skills.

  • Reduce anxiety and stress: Sensory activities can provide a calming and soothing experience, reducing anxiety and stress levels.

 

Sensory Fun for the Festive Season

 

With creativity, you can turn December into a month of sensory joy for children with special needs. Here are a few ideas to get you started:


Visual:


  • Create a sensory light show: Use a twinkle, fiber optic, or a projector to create a visually stimulating environment.

  • Explore winter landscapes: Take your child out in the snow or look at pictures of winter scenes together.

  • Make holiday decorations: Create unique and festive decorations with glitter, glue, and other materials.


Auditory:


  • Listen to festive music: Play classical holiday music, instrumental pieces, or calming nature sounds.

  • Create a winter sound collage: Gather objects like bells, jingle bells, and wind chimes to create a unique and stimulating sound experience.


Tactile:


  • Play with snow: Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or make snow angels.

  • Bake holiday treats: Get hands-on in the kitchen and help your child mix, measure, and decorate cookies or other treats.




Here are some additional tips for families with special needs children during the holidays:


  • Be prepared for change: Ensure your child knows what to expect before holiday gatherings or events.

  • Create a sensory safe space: Have a designated area where your child can relax and de-stimulate if they become overwhelmed.

  • Please communicate with your child's therapist: Ask for their recommendations for sensory activities and strategies to help your child cope with the holidays.

  • Take breaks: Don't try to do too much too soon. Pace yourselves and take breaks when needed.

  • Be flexible: Be willing to adjust your plans or expectations as needed.

  • Most importantly, have fun! The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy time with loved ones.


By embracing the sensory wonders of December through play, we can create a truly magical and enriching experience for children with special needs. So, gather your supplies, unleash your creativity, and prepare to embark on a sensory adventure together!

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