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TinyEYE.com Considerations for Children With Physical Disabilities

TinyEYE.com Considerations for Children With Physical Disabilities

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• It is important for all children to explore the environment using their senses and to experience any control and independence they can have over their surroundings.

• Children must interact or manipulate their environment in any way they can in order to gain knowledge and language.

• Awareness of and exploring a variety of stimulating experiences are key factors to learning and enjoying.

• Children who are less mobile may be unable to seek out stimulating experiences or to exert control over their surroundings.

TinyEYE.com
Providing Speech-Language Pathologists to organizations in need
• It is important for all children to explore the environment using their senses and to experience any control and independence they can have over their surroundings.

• Children must interact or manipulate their environment in any way they can in order to gain knowledge and language.

• Awareness of and exploring a variety of stimulating experiences are key factors to learning and enjoying.

• Children who are less mobile may be unable to seek out stimulating experiences or to exert control over their surroundings.

TinyEYE.com
Providing Speech-Language Pathologists to organizations in need

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TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
Considerations for Children withPhysical Disabilities
Overview
 
It is important for all children to explore the environment using their senses andto experience any control and independence they can have over theirsurroundings.
 
Children must interact or manipulate their environment in any way they can inorder to gain knowledge and language.
 
Awareness of and exploring a variety of stimulating experiences are key factorsto learning and enjoying.
 
Children who are less mobile may be unable to seek out stimulatingexperiences or to exert control over their surroundings.
 
You may need to help the child use his feet, hands, eyes, and ears to exploreobjects. Smiles, hugs and praise encourage new play behaviours.
 
Include special sensory experiences within your room so that all children, butespecially those with limited movement, can enjoy using their senses to learn,explore, and control.
Experiencing with the Senses
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Auditory
CD or tape player
Musical Instruments
Shakers
Paper for crumpling
Bells for ringing
When possible, make the noise of these items occur whenthe child does something. For example, if the child pressescorresponding button; pulls on a string; moves a body part;looks in the direction of the object; or requests more; the
 
TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
noise should occur. This increases the child’s control in thesituation, teaches cause and effect, and reinforces that whena child communicates in some way, the listener will respond.
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Visual
Variety of sights, contrasting colours, and interesting shapesand objects
Provide an easily darkened area. Include a slide projector,flashlights, twinkling Christmas tree/lights, and lamps thatthrow light patterns, and black light
Mobiles
Mirror
Rolling Pop Bottle – half-fill a bottle with water and add foilconfetti and coloured fish tank gravel. Seal lid with duct tape
Bright objects such as aluminum, pot, red teething rings…
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Tactile
Touching and feeling experiences
Textures of cloth and paper
Cereals or noodles in a tub
Finger paints
Shaving cream
Hand lotion
Foam
Feathers
Water
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Kinesthetic
Movement experiences
Mats
Incline boards
Pillows
Large balls
Water bed mattress
Swing
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Gustatory-olfactory
Exposure to various tastes and smells
Sour-sweet
Soft-crunchy
Wet-dry
Salty-non salty
Warm-cool
Raw-cooked
Smells – scented wax candles, vinegar, coffee beans,cinnamon…
 
TinyEYE.com-Online Speech Therapy Telepractice
TinyEYE Therapy Serviceswww.TinyEYE.com1.877.TinyEYE (846.9393)
Consult a Professional
 
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These children will most likely have a professional, such as anoccupational or physiotherapist, involved in their care. It isimportant to consult with them to ensure that an uniquely designedactivity is in the best interest of the child. For instance, childrenreact differently to varying degrees of sensory stimulation.Over or under stimulation of some sort may overwhelm or ‘shutdown’ a child.
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Another reason to consult the professionals is that they often haveaccess to adaptive equipment, activities, and ideas that can beintegrated into the daily routines.
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Refer to the Occupational and Physical Therapy link.

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