Welcome to this week’s Blogging Through the Alphabet! I am Blogging through the Alphabet with Ben and Me and many other bloggers who are offering a wide variety of topics. I am sharing a new topic related to Sensory Processing Disorder each week as we blog through the alphabet.
J is for Jumping
Many people with Sensory Processing Disorder need additional sensory input. All three of our children are sensory seekers (at least some of the time). I shared about this a little in the C is for Chewing post as chewing is also a sensory seeking behavior. Just like chewing can provide oral input for sensory seekers, jumping offers great physical sensory input.
Those that need sensory input are often fidgety or may be what others may view as “hyper” behavior. Sometimes this can interfere with activities. In fact, we take frequent breaks during our homeschooling day so the kids can get the sensory input they require, which makes it easier for them to focus on the next task. I shared this more in detail in my Homeschooling Sensory Seekers post.
The best thing about jumping is that there are no special tools required! Kids (or adults) can do jumping jacks or just jump up and down. Of course, there are some great tools available as well at a variety of costs, so you can find one to fit your budget! We have jump ropes, a small indoor trampoline, and a large outdoor trampoline. They all come in handy, but you could definitely choose just one. If you do have financial limitations, you may be able to find a special needs support group in your area that helps with the cost of therapy tools that medical insurance won’t cover.
Another tool that is great (that is also on our wish list) is the Original Rody which can help with the sensory seeking as it is bouncy, but it also helps with building gross motor, balance and coordination skills. Similarly, big exercise balls can fulfill that need, too, though exercise caution with small children as they may fall over particularly if it’s too big. I will hold the ball in place and keep my arms around their waist.
Sensory seeking is definitely a typical need for many with SPD and jumping is a great way to fulfill that need! Do you have any other tools you would suggest?
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