“There is a lot of cognitive work involved when you’re older. Mostly it’s physical activities that change the neurological system,” Carol Kranowitz, author of “The Out of Sync Child Grows Up,” told FoxNews.com. “They need heavy work activities, so sports are helpful; swimming, track, martial arts is good for kids who don’t want to be touched.”
Victoria started OT work with Biel twice a week when she was 15 months old. Biel taught Joanne and Victoria how to recognize when Victoria’s senses were starting to overload and mechanisms to help soothe her. Victoria stopped her OT work with Biel six years later, when her family moved to Scarsdale, New York. But as Victoria entered adolescence, she soon discovered that horseback riding was just the type of sensory solution she needed. Horseback riding forced Victoria to control her body, process multistep directions and destress.
“It’s helped me get that sensation of kind of being able to relax and breathe for a bit, and not have to worry about everything else going on, because at that moment it’s just you and the horse,” Victoria said.
Long-term OT-SI goals are aimed at teaching people how to self-regulate when their senses become overwhelmed.