Although birthday parties can be a great event, they can be overwhelming for everyone involved. They’re loud, crowded, and can be a huge change in routine for kids. Success within birthday party environments involve creating a plan, or two, that incorporates heavy work, deep pressure, and calming strategies. Knowing your child and what sensory integration they need before, during, and after an event can help build the confidence your child needs to successfully participate in birthday parties.
An occupational therapist’s role is to help an individual maintain, regain, or improve their independence and participation in everyday life. But what does this mean when we are working with children since they do not have jobs? Learn more about pediatric occupational therapy here.
Sometimes the weather is too harsh to head outside, but there are many simple activities to provide proprioceptive input (also known as ‘heavy work’) to help kids feel organized, regulated, and ready for the day. Check out some of our favorite indoor activities here.