The Importance of Sensory Play
Kids senses are shifted in one direction or another from the baseline. Some autistic children have heightened senses, while others have dulled senses. Still others may have a mixture – some children their hearing is super sensitive, yet their sense of touch is not quite up to par. The way children receive sensory signals directly affects the way they feel and behave. So please don't ignore your child s Sensory needs and sensitivity.
When the child's environment is sending too many sensory signals, children with autism may shut down or have a meltdown. Their brain is telling them that the sensory signals they are receiving are not welcome. This can cause sensory overload.
When children don't know how to regulate themselves behavior/meltdown occurs. Requesting or learning to regulate themselves properly with which type and amount of sensory input can make worlds of difference in a child with autism.
SENSORY PLAY HELPS WITH:
Communication and Social Interaction
Communication and social interaction go hand in hand, because it’s obviously difficult to engage in any level of social interaction without some communication skills. Kids on the autism spectrum struggle with both of these.
While some autistic children are non-speakers, others learn very eloquent speech and still fail to communicate effectively because of their differences. Both of these examples make social interaction difficult.
I suggest find a friend who have common interests and present a fun sensory environment. even if the child is on "parallel play stage" or "on-looker Stage"
Calming and preventing autistic meltdowns with sensory play
Sensory play can help children on the autism spectrum by calming and preventing meltdowns. With regular sensory sessions, the brain begins to form new nerve pathways. This can help create balance in their otherwise overwhelmed nervous system, which can help the child regulate more easily, preventing or at least decreasing the frequency of meltdowns.
Sensory play is calming and therapeutic. If your child is having a meltdown, offering a sensory toy or tool can redirect their brain and quickly calm them. Some children prefer to swing, while others may be calmed by moving their hands through a kinetic sand sensory bin. Either way, sensory way has a calming effect.
Motor skills and sensory play
Many kids on the autism spectrum have delayed motor skills. Playing in sensory bins is a great way to improve fine motor skills, as they learn to grasp small objects, dig, scrape, transfer, and maneuver the sensory materials.