Sensory Integration isn't Communication but needs to be considered and appreciated.

I'll add to this page "when I have time"! Suffice to say that I encourage parents to read "Out of Sync Child" and then consider an Occupational Therapy evaluation to give you information on whether or not there are sensory integration behaviors that you might want to address. I like parents to read the book prior to the evaluation so you can tell the Occupational Therapist (OT) what you have written down for certain behaviors from reading the book and the OT doesn't have to take valuable time sharing with your the basic sensory integration premise and you can use the evaluation time wisely in puting together a home program. Out Of Sync Child has Fun is a book of ideas ow what to do but you won't understand the various topics are unless you have read the first book.

Ilike to suggest some basic 'heavy work' tasks for the child to have readily available so a parent doesn't have to keep on saying 'no' to them finding out things to push/pull. I also like to use heavy work prior to doing sit down tasks because it make help them focus on reading/writing/arithmetic tasks for a longer period of time. That being said, here is a list of ideas:

Heavy work and other tasks:
Get a box (cardboard or storage tote) that is an appropriate height for the child to push/pull. Place something heavy inside (encyclopedias, winter clothes/shoes in the summer and vise versa) and then taping it up so it can't be easily opened. You might want to poke a hole and tape a jump rope through the hole so a short amount is out of the box for the to pull the box. Then you say to the child, "You can push/pull this all day but you can't push/pull my ottoman, chairs......" It's called substitute and replace.

Get 2 boxes: one to place in a corner and the other to fill with stuffed animals. The child can throw the animals into the box in the corner. Encourage them to raise their arm above their head to toss/throw object into the box in the corner. When it is full, switch the boxes. Then you say to the child, "You can throw all you want into this box but you can't throw other things around the house. Be sure you throw in the box as well instead of playing catch in the house.

Get 4 milk jugs and fill them with 'something' (gravel, sand, beans) so they are an appropriate weight for your child. You an play a game where they follow directions and learn prepositional phrase language ie "Put one under the table. Put two next to the chair. Put one on top of the toy box."

Get a bar that you place across a doorway for them to swing. The bar is what guys use to do chin ups.

Get a rocking chair and a bean bag lap desk for the child to use to do homework.

Place their feet on the wall (like a headstand without putting your head down; just your hands are on the floor) and then after a count of 10 come down into the 'child pose' (Yoga terms) and then into the 'cobra pose' and 'cat pose' and 'cow pose'.

Wall push-ups. Be sure the feet are far enough away from the wall.

Other Consideration that can be reviewed at Abilitations--School Specialty Website:

Chewy jewelry, Chewy Pencil Toppers, Handi-Writer (for weak hand grasp folks), Baumgarten's Twist and Write Pencils (look like a wishbone and have also seen them at Staple's. I think they are a must for even 2 year olds to use)

Here are some of the thousands of websites out there regarding Sensory Intgration:

Here are my other Language Issues web pages: