Why does my child need “Heavy Work?”

July 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

If your child has sensory integration dysfunction, he/she has difficulty with processing and responding to sensations that are around us every day.  A child who may need “heavy work” may frequently crash or bump into objects, have difficulty with balance and movement, slam feet on the floor while walking, have trouble with tasks that are new, and don’t seem to know where their body is in space.

Heavy work is generally calming to our children.  When you feel stressed, you may chew gum or take deep breaths.  These are calming activities.  Our children with sensory processing difficulties may need to crash into furniture or continually bang their hands, head, or feet to actually feel their body in space.  They may also have difficulty with knowing exactly where their tongue is in their mouth.  Activities which include heavy work give the child a better sense of where parts of their body are.  Your occupational therapist will provide you with a list of safe activities that will provide the input your child needs to help them to better develop awareness of their bodies.

The “Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun” is one of my favorite books for activities for your child.  It is written by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

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