When your child suffers from hyper- or hypo-sensitivities to sensory stimulation, the very first treatment the schools or therapist will recommend is to start a “sensory diet”.
A sensory diet consists of activities that the child needs to participate in daily to help regulate their sensory system, allowing them to function without reacting to disturbances from their environment.
Examples of a sensory diet include jumping on a trampoline or swinging to calm the nervous system; wearing compression clothing or weighted vests to provide proprioceptive feedback for better body awareness; wearing headphones for children with hypersensitivity to loud noises, etc.
Sensory diets are part of a compensatory strategy. Compensatory strategies, in therapist-speak, is a treatment that compensates for that individuals issues, in this case sensory reactivity. It is a bandaid. It is created to help in the moment, not the long term. Many parents and schools are performing sensory diets throughout the day multiple times to keep a child “regulated” and calm.
We believe there is a better way. Sensory diets are great in the short term, but what about the long term effects? Will your child need headphones forever? Will you always be buying compression clothing? Will they need to swing until they are 30 years old?
To change the brain’s reaction to sensory stimulation, we must change the brain. Changing the brain using a neuroplasticity approach helps to improve neural pathways & connections making them more efficient and allowing the nervous system to process incoming sensory information appropriately. The only way to create change in the brain is through movement; specific movement that stimulates the child’s hindbrain, cerebellum, and corpus callosum. All areas that improve the communication between both sides of the brain. Sensory hyper- & hypo-sensitivities can and will disappear when the child’s brain develops.
Our Primitive Reflex Integration 101 Course teaches the parent/caregiver an easy-to-follow program for your child that you can implement immediately.