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Understanding Sensory Issues in Children

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Sensory issues are a common challenge faced by children with various developmental and neurological conditions, including autism, ADHD, and sensory processing disorder. These issues can significantly impact a child's daily life, from their ability to focus and learn to their overall well-being. In this blog post, we will explore sensory issues and how our Virtually ConnectEd can provide essential support and guidance.

Understanding Sensory Issues:

Sensory issues, often referred to as sensory processing difficulties, occur when the brain has trouble processing and responding to sensory information from the environment. Sensory input can include sights, sounds, textures, tastes, smells, and movements. Children with sensory issues may experience one of two extremes:

  1. Sensory Sensitivity (Sensory Over-Responsivity): Children with sensory sensitivity are easily overwhelmed by sensory input. They may react strongly to what others perceive as minor stimuli, leading to emotional distress or avoidance behaviors.

  2. Sensory Seeking (Sensory Under-Responsivity): Some children seek out sensory input because their nervous systems need more stimulation to stay alert. They might engage in activities that provide intense sensory feedback.

Common sensory issues in children may manifest as:

  • Noise sensitivity

  • Light sensitivity

  • Texture aversions

  • Overreactions to touch

  • Difficulty with transitions

  • Challenges with fine and gross motor skills

  • Emotional meltdowns

How We Can Help:

At Virtually ConnectEd, we recognize the importance of addressing sensory issues to support a child's overall well-being and development. Here's how our virtual special education teachers and therapists can make a difference:

  1. Sensory Assessments: We conduct thorough sensory assessments to understand a child's sensory profile. This allows us to identify specific sensory difficulties and create tailored intervention plans.

  2. Sensory Integration Therapy: Our trained therapists provide sensory integration therapy, which aims to help children adapt to and process sensory input effectively. This therapy can help children become more comfortable and regulated in various environments.

  3. Visual Schedules: We use visual schedules and social stories to help children prepare for and understand sensory-rich experiences, such as transitions or unfamiliar situations.

  4. Collaboration with Parents and Teachers: We work closely with parents and teachers to provide strategies and tools for managing sensory challenges at home and in the classroom. Collaboration ensures that the child receives consistent support across different settings.

  5. Individualized Strategies: Our teachers and therapists develop individualized strategies to help children manage sensory issues while participating in educational and social activities.

Sensory issues can significantly impact a child's daily life, but they are manageable with the right support. At Virtually ConnectEd, we believe in addressing sensory issues as part of a holistic approach to special education. By understanding and addressing these challenges, we can help children thrive, build confidence, and enjoy a more comfortable and fulfilling life. If you have concerns about your child's sensory issues, reach out to us for guidance and support. Together, we can make a positive impact on your child's journey toward a brighter future.

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