GFCF Thanksgiving Recipe
This is from the TACA Newsletter, Fall 2010
Here are some tips you can use at home to when interacting with your child:
Follow instructions to walk to a place or person and get a named item - try having your child walk to his or her room to pick out a favorite toy. You can also have him or her go to a family member and ask for candy or a marker to color with etc.
Label body parts – try a tickling game! Start naming your child’s body parts you’re tickling, pause and say, “I’m going to tickle…” and have your child tell you where they want to be tickled. You can reverse the game and have your child tickle you.
Imitation of a number sequence – teach his or her phone number and house address! Try writing out the numbers and cover one additional number each time he or she says the whole number sequence.
Follow an instruction to go to a person and do an action – you could have him or her go to a family member and give a hug or a high five.
Demonstrate a pretend action or Sociodramatic play – it is a good time to work on some creative play! Pretend to be cats licking milk out of a bowl, firemen putting out a fire, or even have a tea party!
To ease anxiety – Offer a comfort object! For children with Sensory Processing Disorder, certain objects can provide a feeling of control, reassurance and predictability during times of transition and change. This can be something that has a tactile interest and/or an emotional significance. Examples of these are:
- A photograph
- An object from nature
- A book
- A symbol of faith or spirituality
- A small stuffed animal
- An article of clothing or jewelry
- A piece of fabric or a toy with an unusual texture (such as squishy balls or Koosh® balls)
- A timekeeper, such as a watch