Children and young people will engage better in fun, interesting and sometimes challenging activities and environments. What your child or young person may find calming or alerting can change, so be sure to check in with them and monitor engagement.
If they are seeking sensory input, try and incorporate more activities within the structure of the day. If they are avoiding the sensation, reduced the intensity or change and adapt the activity.
Free play options are great too, so build in time to go with the flow if this works for your child!
Children's Occupational Therapists work with children from birth to 18 (or 19 if attending Complex Need schools). If your child or young person is under the Occupational Therapy teams, you can speak to them about any questions you may have.
If you think your child requires specialist support, please speak to their GP.
If you have any questions about your child or young person's general health or development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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