TIP of the WEEK: Finding the Right Sensory Environment
November 4, 2016
Many children and adults with PWS experience issues with sensory integration. Creating sensory rich environments can help to reduce anxiety and improve focus and concentration.
Sensory needs are very specific to each individual so try lots of things and see which ones are the most effective. Explore lighting, scents, tactile toys, and seating options. Sometimes a fidgety student can experience comfort simply by providing stretchy bands or a spin chair or rocking chair. Many scents can be very effective for calming down at bedtime or waking up when experiencing daytime fatigue.
Keep trying until you find the right combination of sensory tools to help your child achieve success.
Patrice Carroll is Latham Centers’ world-renowned Prader-Willi Syndrome specialist. She works with Latham Centers’ residents with PWS, their families and consultants, continuously learning and teaching about PWS best practices.