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  • Esmé Le Roux

Understanding the Child's Needs: The 5 Essential Steps for Parents

Updated: Jul 5

"When you identify and understand the unique ways your child interacts with the world, you can better support their growth and development." – A. Jean Ayres, Sensory Integration and the Child

Understanding your child's needs is the key to unlocking their potential. Here are the five essential steps for parents to decode their child's unique behaviours:

  1. Observe Your Child's Behaviour: Spend time watching your child's reactions to different sensory inputs. This will help you identify patterns and triggers, providing insight into their sensory processing.

  2. Identify Sensory Preferences and Aversions: Pay attention to what your child seeks out or avoids. Knowing their preferences helps in creating a supportive environment tailored to their needs.

  3. Create a Sensory-Friendly Environment: Make adjustments at home to cater to your child's sensory requirements. This might include reducing noise levels, providing sensory toys, or creating a quiet space for them to retreat.

  4. Collaborate with Professionals: Engage with occupational therapists and other experts who can offer specific strategies and interventions. Their guidance is invaluable in addressing specific sensory challenges your child may face.

  5. Practice Patience and Empathy: Understanding and responding to your child's sensory needs with patience and empathy builds trust and security. It helps your child feel validated and supported, which is crucial for their development.

By following these steps, parents can create a nurturing environment that supports their child's sensory needs, leading to happier and more fulfilling experiences.



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