OT Corner: Progression of Tactile Input Using Sensory Bins
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The tactile system provides information to the brain on light touch, pain, temperature, and pressure. Children can experience decreased ability to interpret tactile input or can be oversensitive to tactile input. Many early childhood classrooms and parents provide children with sensory bins to explore various types of tactile input. Some children LOVE it, some children HATE it and many children fall in between the two extremes. When introducing sensory bins, it may be beneficial for children who are oversensitive to grade the amount of tactile input based on the materials included in the sensory bin. (Children should never be forced to touch anything they do not wish to touch).
To begin with the least amount of tactile input, children could wear gloves while playing with sensory bins that include dry materials. Therapists and teachers can fill sensory bins
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