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Therapy At Preschool
Calming Strategies and Strategies for Overstimulation
Signs that a child is overstimulated:
avoidance of eye contact
holding their hands over their ears or eyes
fidgeting, not attending or restless
mood swings (crying one minute, running around the next)
aggression or acting out
seeks out biting, rocking, swinging, curling up or other body positions or self-calming techniques
difficulty organizing themselves, getting ready for an activity
avoids hugs and cuddles from caregiver
infants or very young children often get hiccups when they are over-stimulated
How To Help:
turn down the lights, particularly fluorescent lighting
play background music with a regular beat like classical music. The actual rhythm is organizing for children.
have a place in his room where he can go to relax - such as a tent with pillows in it
try some deep pressure or incorporate lotion and massage before nap to help sooth and organize the system
give firm pressure squeezes to the shoulders and legs
try the washing machine game - use a big, warm towel, wrap him up and rub it all around like a washing machine.
incorporate repetitive movement such as swinging or bouncing on a therapy ball.
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