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There was a question submitted to Dr. Temple Grandin this past month from an individual researching to prove Sensory Therapies are crucial elements to improve the quality of life for children with ASD.
Below are the opinions of Temple in regards to Sensory Therapies.
Why is it important to consider sensory therapies?
For some individuals with autism, sensory therapies are very beneficial. Autism is highly variable and a sensory therapy that works well for one child may have no effect on another. Some of the most common sensory therapies are the use of deep pressure for calming, slow swinging, heavy work activities, and the brushing method. Sensory therapies performed by an occupational therapist can help some children to be calmer, more attentive and may aid in speech development.
How do you assess the sensory therapy a child needs?
Children who seek deep pressure by rolling up in blankets or who get under mattresses are the ones most likely to benefit from deep pressure. In small children, deep pressure can be easily applied by rolling a child in heavy mats or getting under bean bag chairs. In many individuals, the squeeze machine or other devices that apply pressure are calming. Deep pressure is most effective when it is applied for 20 minutes and then removed for 20 minutes. Kids that like to swing may benefit from it. Some children may be able to speak more easily while they are doing slow swinging or sitting balancing on an exercise ball. Weighted vests help some children and do not work for others.
A sensory diet simply means that at certain intervals, a child may need a break to calm his nervous system down. Sensory problems are on a continuum from mild to severe. Children with more severe sensory problems will need more frequent breaks to calm down an over aroused nervous system. During these breaks, the child can engage in sensory activities that are calming. It is often best to have the breaks at scheduled times to prevent accidentally rewarding a child for throwing a tantrum. If the child gets sensory breaks after he/she behaves badly, he/she may behave badly to obtain more breaks.
What are the most common sensory therapies?
When a sensory therapy works, the child will usually want to do it. Therapies that work should show a beneficial effect on behavior. In some cases, sensory therapies can help reduce or stop self-abusive behaviors. When this works, the child will start to hit himself, but will stop because normal pain sensation returns.
What are the goals of sensory therapy?
To help reduce tantrums, meltdowns, and hyperactivity, increase staying on task, and reduce self-injurious behavior.
How soon will improvements start?
Often improvements will occur within a few weeks. When a sensory therapy works, there will be less meltdowns, tantrums, and more calm behavior. The child will be able to stay on task for longer periods of time.
Recommended Reading List:
Carol Kranowitz – "The Out-of-Sync Child"
Lindsey Biel – Raising a Sensory Smart Child
Roya Ostovar – "The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorders"
Angie Voss – Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals – Full of Practical tips to Help a Child Handle Activities that Cause Sensory Problems
"I have been talking and writing about sensory problems for over 20 years, and am still perplexed by many people who do not acknowledge sensory issues and the pain and discomfort they can cause. A person doesn't have to be on the autism spectrum to be affected by sensory issues."
-Dr Temple Grandin, The Way I See It
For more information on sensory issues, please go to www.sensoryworld.com.
Dr. Grandin didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.
Dr. Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism because "I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that 'once autistic, always autistic.' This dictum has meant sad and sorry lives for many children diagnosed, as I was in early life, as autistic. To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can" (from Emergence: Labeled Autistic).
Even though she was considered "weird" in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is now the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes has been brought to the screen. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow", ABC's Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.
Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. At every Future Horizons conference on autism, the audience rates her presentation as 10+.
Dr. Grandin's current bestselling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking in Pictures, Emergence: Labeled Autistic and produced several DVDs. All books and DVD's available through Future Horizons.
Temple Grandin's work continues to inspire millions, drawing superlative reviews such as these:
"Temple is my hero. She has my vote for the person who has provided the greatest advance in our understanding of autism this century."
-Dr. Tony Attwood, world renowned expert on autism spectrum disorders.
On The Way I See It:
"Every library, large or small, needs this book on its shelves. Every school, large or small, with the responsibility of educating children with autism or Asperger’s needs the guidance this book offers. . . . Last, and certainly not least, every parent will find within these pages golden nuggets of advice, encouragement, and hope to fuel their day-to-day journey through their child’s autism. . . . The wisdom she offers through this book and its personal reflections on autism will, I’m sure, ring true for many more decades to come."
-Ruth Christ Sullivan, first elected president of the Autism Society of America
On Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships:
"I wish I had this book when Sean was a child. It would have helped me understand Sean so much more."
-Judy Barron, mother of author Sean Barron and co-author of There’s A Boy In Here
"If you’ve ever wondered, ‘What is going through my child’s mind? Why can’t he get social interactions?’ then this book is for you! ‘A-ha!’ moments abound."
-Veronica Zysk, managing editor of award-winning Autism Asperger’s Digest
On Thinking in Pictures:
"An insight into autism that very few people have been able to achieve."
-Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., Institute for Child Behavior Research, San Diego, CA
"What emerges in Thinking in Pictures is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who, in gracefully and lucidly bridging the gulf between her condition and our own, sheds light on the riddle of our common identity."
-Deborah Tannen, author of You Just Don't Understand
"Remarkable. . .Displaying uncanny powers of observation. . .[Temple Grandin] charts the differences between her life and the lives of those who think in words."