Friday, June 29, 2012

Sensory integration question friends and experts in bloggy world......I need your help.

Caty has sensory issues.  None of which were addressed at her preschool, which annoyed me.  They said they never saw things that I saw.  But I know she does them.  Here is some proof...just a bit.  

She loves to color on herself with markers.  At first I thought it was boredom but she does it even if we are busy with an activity.  So we now hide markers and only get them out as needed.  

This week we made finger paint with cornstarch and food coloring.  At first she only wanted to use a brush, I wasn't concerned.  I know she has a touch issue with certain messy things.  No big deal there.  But then she realized she liked the soft feel and began painting herself with the paint...

And she has also started playing with the glue.  I have to hide the glue now.  She will purposely either squeeze her hands full so she can rub her hands together as the glue dries.  This causes the dried glue to ball and roll between her fingers.  Or she just puts enough on to "pick" at her fingers forever, just staring at her fingers.  Last week I actually caught her with the glue bottle and she was putting the glue between her felt soft and squishy she told me.  

Help!!!!  Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated and researched!!!


  1. I'm no expert, but I have kids with some mild sensory issues, and as long as they are mild, I try to work with them without letting it bother me too much. I hid ALL that kind of stuff when they were younger. I had a locked school cabinet with all the markers, crayons, glue, everything. I talk with them, ask them why they want to do that, explain if it's not appropriate, and we earn the privilege to use the art supplies by using them correctly, and lose the privilege if we cannot use them correctly. A lot of kids will do this kind of thing - it's just a matter of whether or not it's getting serious enough to affect regular functioning. And it may help to every once in a while have a "messy" day with lots of textured things to play with and explore - shaving cream, play-doh, jello jigglers, etc. - outside!!! :)

  2. have you tried giving her soft stuff like silk or fuzzy material? my nephew kept a piece of silky material in his pocket till he was in his teens almost so he could reach in and feel the softness of it. let me ask becki is she has any ideas. will get back with ya.

  3. My kids have sensory issues but the opposite of Caty they can't stand things on their fingers or tight clothing or anything like that. Took ages for my kids to finger paint and even now they aren't fond of it. My son hates to get dirty. The silky material idea sound like a good one:)

  4. My youngest son as SPD, but he doesn't have many tactile issues. I would suggest that you make MORE TIME (under supervision) of those things she seems to seek out and touch: painting with pudding, Play-Doh with Beads (have her search them out), feathers on her skin, freeze toys in ice for her to play with (especially on warm days), shaving cream painting (in the bathroom), painting with fingers, rice or sand in a tote to play in. If she needs the input she'll seek it least having supervised activities will make things a little easier for you! LOL And she might even STOP seeking activities if you have 2-3 activities each day that she can count on to get that stimulation (given time). Or think about creating a Touchy Feely Box for in things that are OK for her to play with such as paint brushes or hair brushes, squeeze balls, different fabric swatches, feathers, etc. When she needs to touch, teach her to go to the box...then put it away when she's done for another time. (You could even bring a small box with you if needed.)