How to Treat Sensory Processing Disorder

1. The hyperactive, sensory-seeking child: Get him to carry the laundry basket, push the shopping cart, or bring in the grocery bags from the car.

2. The tactile-sensitive child: Do finger-painting activities at the kitchen table and let him draw pictures on the bathtub walls with shaving cream.

3. The child with a poor sense of space and balance: Swimming, horseback riding, and jumping on a trampoline all help.

For adolescents and adults who experience under-stimulation, intense activities can help: running, swimming hard, jumping on a trampoline, and martial arts. People who are easily overstimulated find relief from reading, listing to music, stroking a cat, or gardening.

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