Planning to buy a gift for Valentine’s Day for your special boy, why not give him something soft and huggable teddy that he will love. Remember, our children are visual learners and everything works well with them if their senses are stimulated properly.
Autistic children have a dysfunctional sensory system that is either under or over-reactive to stimulation. We will notice that if they have problems with their sense of touch they will withdraw to touch this object or even wear them if it is their clothes. They might even ask you to wash their body immediately after wearing the clothes that they don’t like.
If this is the case, we could slowly modify this by allowing them to touch objects and have a feel of what it is like. If we will give them the teddy bear toy for example which is soft to touch, he may or may not like it right away. But if we will allow him to touch the texture of the teddy and give him time to feel its softness, this might help him with his sensory impairment and will eventually know that teddy bears are soft toys which are lovely to touch and huggable as well.
As you can see there is a big difference between just giving and not allowing him the opportunity to touch and feel its softness. This process is just one part of Sensory Integration whereby they will learn the ability to sense a soft from a hard object, a rough from a smooth surface and a cold from a hot temperature.
If early intervention or modification through play therapy will be applied immediately, hyperactivity, irritability, and self-imposed isolation will soon be resolved.
“According to the research, led by occupational therapists at Philadelphia’s Jefferson School of Health Professions, by changing how sensations are processed by the brain, we help children with autism make better sense of the information they receive and use it to better participate in everyday tasks”.