Once parents figure out that SPD is the underlying cause of their sensational child's unusual behavior at home and school, often life begins to get better. The scariest thing is not knowing... Mister Rogers used to croon, "I like to be told if it's going to hurt," and we all can agree to that! Learning about SPD helps the whole family support the child.
Sometimes it takes a while to read a book about SPD, schedule an assessment to get a diagnosis or treatment plan, or start therapy. If that is the case, don't wait -- you can help right away. Lucy Jane Miller, Kathleen Morris, and other marvelous therapists suggest ideas like these:
1) Use natural settings, such as the playground, backyard, and kitchen for sensory-motor fun. Outside is always better -- for everything, in my view -- and inside works, too, of course. (My books, "The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun" and "The Goodenoughs Get in Sync" have lots of suggestions for families at home. Also, Bonnie Arnwine's "Starting SI Therapy: Fun Activities that Won't Destroy Your Home" is excellent.)
2) Apply deep pressure touch by physically rolling, hugging, pressing, and squeezing your child.
3) Offer heavy work activities, such as pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying laundry baskets, grocery bags, leaf bags, vacuum cleaners, strollers, etc.
4) Provide many, many opportunities for movement activities, such as swinging, pumping, jumping, running, tumbling, climbing, stretching, digging, crawling, sliding, and gentle roughhousing.
Be there and have fun together!