This videos shows one way of giving deep pressure input with a gym ball. Deep pressure input helps to regulate the senses, calms and organises the sensory system and can reduce anxiety. Some of your children have this input at school, it may be new to others. You can check with your child’s teacher to find out.
Little and often throughout the day is best. Always use a support i.e. a foam mat or a few blankets to make your child comfortable on the floor. Consider your child’s needs as this input can be contraindicated e.g. if your child has Asthma, a heart condition, a feeding tube into the abdomen or a deformity of the legs or ribcage or dislocated hips. Don’t use this intervention after your child has eaten! Adopt a comfortable position with wide legs and bend knees- look after your back. If you would like further advice you can speak to your occupational therapist, please ask you teacher to pass on your contact details.
Ask your teacher for the leaflet ‘Sensory Interventions at home during lockdown’ for other sensory based activities so you can provide a variety.
This video shows how to use a large gym or pilates ball with your child at home. Allowing yourself to relax lying over the ball gives the back muscles a gentle stretch and provides some pressure which is often experienced as calming and organising- a little bit like the squeeze machine in our sensory room. Rolling over the gym ball is alerting and organising , it provides linear vestibular input to wake up your sensory system and prepare it to concentrate on the next task. Children can be more independent bouncing on the gym ball seated. Be mindful that you don’t do this for too long, it can be over- stimulating for some children. If you pair it with deep pressure on the shoulders it is more calming.
Your child might need some support. You can expand on these strategies by adding different games or physical challenges i.e. reaching for a soft toy or small ball when rolling forward and throwing it into a bucket when you roll forward next.
If you have any questions you can speak to your occupational therapist over the phone. Please ask your teacher to pass on your contact details.
Story massage has taken place at Priory school for the last year and has proven to be very beneficial to our students learning and their emotional well-being.
It is part of the story massage programme created by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper: www.storymassage.co.uk
Further demonstrations can be found on Vimeo
Story massage can form a bond where someone feels connection through touch and the benefits it brings.
Whilst listening to a story that relates to a learning theme or a personal story that has been written for them. It is only done with a young person’s consent.
Students are given a tool where they can learn exciting stories. Ask for reassurance through the power of touch and give their friends and family a story massage in return. Story Massage can be enjoyed whatever your age!
In this video one of our amazing Complementary Therapists' demonstrates a short story massage which you can use at home to relax your child at the end of the day, or any other time during these uncertain times.
Any inquires please contact your teacher/therapy team
In this video one of our amazing Complementary Therapists' demonstrates how to give a short story massage whilst singing the pancake song which you can use at home to relax your child at the end of the day, or any other time during these uncertain times.
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