Your child has a heightened awareness of sensory input!
Congratulations — by completing this quiz, you've shown your commitment to understanding your child's nervous system and supporting their unique needs. According to your responses, your child has a heightened awareness of sensory input! So, what does that actually mean? Keep reading, friend...We all have unique sensory profiles, which means that the way our central nervous system regulates will be unique, too. Our nervous system processes input through our 8 sensory systems:👉 Sight (Visual)👉 Smell (Olfactory)👉 Hearing (Auditory)👉 Touch (Tactile)👉 Taste (Gustatory)👉 Muscle Input (Proprioceptive)👉 Movement (Vestibular)👉 Internal (Interoceptive)Depending on our sensory profile, the inputs that are most regulating (or most draining) will vary from person to person. For humans with a heightened awareness of sensory input, they often experience the world in an intensified way. Their brains tend to have to work harder to filter and organize the information coming in from their 8 sensory systems because they have incredible attention to detail and notice things that other humans might overlook.Often this means that children with a heightened awareness need more sensory breaks throughout the day. Ready to support your child's regulation TODAY? 👇1. Check out our list of sensory break ideas: 👉 Decrease background noise where you can (music, tv, etc.) or some headphones they can wear if they need a break from noise👉 Provide a dimly lit, quiet space for them to give their nervous system a break.👉 Provide your child with a weighted blanket or weighted stuffy to snuggle.👉 Collaborate with other caregivers to create a space where your child can retreat if needed (i.e. a small play tent at child care, or a cozy corner at school). 2. Sprinkle breaks throughout your child's dayEvery time your child give their nervous system a break, it's like charging their battery. They're able to cope with the daily stressors of life (loud noises, screens, bright lights, schedule changes, unknown expectations etc) with more ease. When you give your child a break, research shows it recharges their battery for 90-120 minutes. This means that we can best support kids by offering a regulating sensory break every two hours or so, to keep their battery from being drained excessively. 3. Use breaks as a coping strategySprinkling breaks throughout the day is what we call proactive regulation, but we can also use breaks for reactive regulation--helping a child regulate in a hard moment, meltdown, tantrum, etc. When a child is having a meltdown they are in their amygdala, their feelings brain. They don't have access to their prefrontal cortex, their problem solving brain. When we offer regulating breaks to calm in the moment it's a way to bring their whole brain back online so we can move through the steps of emotion processing together. That might sound like...👉 Would you like to go sit in the cozy corner together before we solve this problem?👉 Your body seems overwhelmed. I'm going to dim the lights and turn down the music. 👉 Would like to snuggle your weighted stuffy before we chat about this? Hey there, I'm Alyssa Blask CampbellAnd as a teacher & a parent, I get it.I'm a teacher, parent, and an emotional development expert with a master's degree in early childhood education. I co-created the Collaborative Emotion Processing method, and researched it across the country .I'm on a mission to change the ways adults experience children’s emotions so we can respond with intention to raise emotionally intelligent humans.Searching for Extra Support? I've Got Your Back1. Follow me on Instagram. I post strategies to help you transform your relationship with your child. 2. Download my free Activities for Kid's Regulation Guide. It'll give you loads of calming activities to choose form. 3.Tune into my podcast here. Voices of Your Village podcast is a place where parents, caregivers, teachers and experts come to support one another on this wild ride of raising tiny humans. We combined decades of experience with the latest research to create the modern parenting village.P.S. Check Your Inbox! I'll Be in There with a PDF Copy of Your Quiz Results 🙌