This sensory seeker checklist will help you figure out is your child is indeed a sensory seeker. Once you identify that your child is a sensory seeker, there are ways to help them cope with their seeking behavior.
Please note this checklist is not to be used for a diagnosis but more as a tool to help your child. If you believe your child is a sensory seeker, you may need to seek medical advice.
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If you think your child is a sensory seeker, answer the following questions:
1. Does your child have a hard time sitting still?
2. Do they tend to be more adventurous and dare devilish?
3. Do they like to touch everything and everyone?
4. Do they seem to be constantly moving?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child might be a sensory seeker. Sensory seekers are kids who have a hard time regulating their senses. They often crave input and can become overstimulated easily.
There are ways to help sensory seekers cope with their seeking behavior. Try out a few of the following ideas and see what works best for your family.
How to Help Sensory Seekers
1. Provide opportunities for movement: Sensory seekers often crave movement. Give them plenty of chances to run, jump, and play.
2. Structure their environment: Create a calm and predictable environment for your child. This will help them feel safe and secure.
3. Encourage sensory exploration: Sensory seekers often enjoy exploring their world through their senses. Give them opportunities to touch, smell, taste, and see different things.
4. Provide calming activities: Help your child wind down with calming activities such as reading, listening to soft music, or taking a bath. Sensory seekers need this!
5. Talk to a therapist: If your child is having difficulty coping with their sensory-seeking behavior, talk to a therapist who can help you develop a plan to address their needs.
Please note that this is not intended to be medical advice. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please consult with a doctor or occupational therapist.