#11 - Sensory Seeker Activities, Strategies, & Routines

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC August 29, 2018 1 Comment

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Sensory Seeker Activities, Strategies, & Routines

In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica talk about children who are labeled as “sensory seekers.” There are a lot of misconceptions regarding these children and the reasons behind their “behaviors.” Today, Rachel and Jessica will discuss the underlying reasons why some children seek more input than others, how they can receive the appropriate amount of input to help them be successful in their everyday routines, and demystify the idea that these children are “the bad kids.”

 

 

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Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC
Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC and Jessica Hill, COTA/L both Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). They have been working with children for over 6 years in outpatient settings. Rachel and Jessica specialize in creating easy-to-digest, actionable content that families can use to help their child's progress at home. Rachel and Jessica are the in-house experts, content creators, and podcast hosts at Harkla! To learn more about Rachel and Jessica, visit the Harkla About Us Page. Make sure to listen to their weekly podcast, All Things Sensory by Harkla for actionable, fun advice on child development.


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Sarah Glesmann
Sarah Glesmann

April 13, 2022

I can’t thank you guys enough for all the information you provide on your website. Today I listened to episode #11 and about fell out of my seat when I heard the description of sensory seekers. I have twin 6 year old boys who are both sensory seekers. My husband is also a sensory seeker. I now feel so much better equipped to help them. Can you please email me the handout you created to educate others about their condition? I definitely have been told my my own mom that I need to be doing a better job at disciplining my kids, which I have tried, and does not seem to work.
One more question: when describing the sensory seeker you talked about kids who are quick to anger. One of my boys is very quick to get mad. I’ve tried to determine if there is a pattern and what I have observed is: he gets angry when told he can’t do something (ie. drink the bottle of bubblegum tylenol), play computer games, can’t have a snack, has to share with his brother, if his brother pushes the elevator button when he wanted to, etc. When he gets angry, he is completely irrational for a good 15-20 min. He lies on the floor, thrashes, kicks, throws, contorts, etc. He eventually wears himself out and then is ready for a hug and will then tell you the reason he is so mad or sad. I will try to incorporate more heavy work into this day. Do you have any other suggestions or resources to help me?

Thank you thank you thank you. I think you two are great. I love your chemistry.

Sarah

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