How to Treat Sensory Processing Disorder

Sound-blocking headphones may help regulate environmental noise, as can other tools designed to make stimuli less invasive. Wearing tag-free clothing that is loose fitting can help. Placing a fragrant sachet in your pocket to cover offending odors, or wearing a scarf to cover your nose are also good strategies. Allow your child to wear sunglasses under bright lights, and take frequent breaks when visiting large, overwhelming places together. In the kitchen, consider investing in a cookbook like Deceptively Delicious or The Sneaky Chefto learn strategies for making healthy foods more appealing to sensitive children.

For individuals who crave and seek out sensory input, many professionals recommend creating a sensory zone with fabric blocks to crash into, or a rice bin filled with buried treasure. These zones can give kids a sensory break that can help them focus and get back to learning. Here are some other suggested strategies for children:

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