With the number of questions I get about sensory processing issues in children, I knew I needed to find an expert on this topic who could really help families struggling with this. Enter Rachel Harrington, a pediatric-certified occupational therapy assistant who works with children of different abilities. Rachel began her own sensory journey by designing weighted vests that allowed kids to regulate their sensory needs while still fitting in with their friends.
Rachel co-hosts the All Things Sensory podcast, which is full of so much great information to help educate and equip parents, therapists, and educators with the tools and information to understand sensory integration. The good news is that simple and effective strategies do exist, and we as parents and as educators that can help our kids have a really solid start in this area.
Episode Highlights With Rachel Harrington
- How to understand the ways a child processes the world around them
- The roles genetics, trauma, and/or toxins can play in sensory processing disorders
- Symptoms to look for to know if your child over- or under-processes sensory input
- Foods to offer if your child struggles with a picky palate
- Proprioceptive input: what it is and why it matters
- Ways to help your child develop their vestibular system from an early age
- Whether SPD can affect sleep and what to try for better sleep for kids
- Benefits of weighted blankets or vests for sensory sensitive children
- A surprising reason to get rid of your baby spoons and stick to finger foods
- The role of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems in sensory issues
- How to use essential oils therapeutically
- A simple tip to help sensory issues, motion sickness, etc. by pushing the tongue on the roof of the mouth
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- All Things Sensory Podcast
- STAR Institute for Sensory Processing
- The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technologies
- The Out-of-Sync Child Series
- Reflexes, Learning & Behavior by Sally Goddard
- The Harkla Special Needs Blog
- Google Scholar
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