How to decrease tactile defensiveness before doing a sensory activity


Have you heard of tactile defensiveness? A child who is sensitive to touch and scared of or overwhelmed by everyday activities and experiences can be considered to have tactile defensiveness.

Many people add tactile sensory bins/tables or sensory activities to their classroom set up to move children away from tactile defensiveness.

How to Use Sensory Bins To Help Decrease Tactile Defensiveness

If you are introducing sensory materials at a sensory bin/table or doing table activities that involve materials with sensory features such as glue, why not give the child the best support by waking up or alerting their tactile system first.

We all know it is important to expose children to a wide variety of sensory materials with various textures and consistencies. What some people don’t know is that if you “wake up” or alert the tactile system, then you help a child benefit even more by better being able to perceive the sensory experience.

Ways to Decrease Tactile Defensiveness Through Using Brushes

In my video today, I suggest using brushes children can play with on their hands to warm up their tactile system. These brushes are great to use before an art activity or before they use a sensory bin. You can even put the brushes in the sensory bin, so the children can pick them up and put them back in the bin for a little fine motor skill building activity too.

If you want to know more details of the makeup of the tactile system and more activities you can add to your classroom to support kids in this area, hire me for my Sensory Processing: It Does Make Sense training. Let me assist you in learning more on how to support kids and their sensory systems. Keep up the great work of exposing kids to tactile sensory activities. It’s important and fun!

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