Sunday, September 15, 2013

20 Proprioceptive Input Ideas for Home and School

By Britt Collins, M.S., OTR/L from Special-Ism

The proprioceptive system is input received through receptors in the joints and muscles with movement and heavy work. When these receptors are activated, body awareness is improved and the person knows where his/her body is in space. Children who tend to crave proprioceptive input:

  • may overstuff their mouth with food;
  • tend to give hard high fives,
  • color with so much pressure the crayon breaks, or
  • crash into things.
Other children may hold a pencil so light that you can barely see it, or the pencil won’t stay in their hand. They also may have poor body awareness and bump into things, or have a low tolerance to pain and cry at even the slightest bump.

When your child appears to be craving proprioceptive input you want to provide them with some heavy work activities but also with other types of input.

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