If your child avoids touch experiences then do the following:
- Firm, predictable touch is favourable
- Deep-pressure massage on the skin – please click on the video link attached.
- Use squishy or textured fidget such as a stress ball
- Write with a vibrating pen
- Use Theraputty or playdough
- Play in a sandbox or with water
- Use deep-pressure massage or the Wilbarger Touch’ Brush Protocol [see video below]
Discuss with the parent the need for this programme and seek permission to do it at school.
Children who seek lots of touch are often not perceiving it accurately and therefore crave touch to get more information.
- Ploy with clay, sand, finger-points and ploy dough i.e. lots of different tactile experiences.
- Hide objects in bogs of rice and try to find objects without looking
- Sandwiching between two cushions or children. Always ensure that your child‘s head is out
- Use the Deep-pressure massage programme and/or the Wilbarger Touch Brush Protocol – more information about this sensory programme is available in the Resources section.