Play to develop the sense of touch

All children benefit from precious playtime when their parents are focused on them and give them their whole attention. But some children benefit even more. For example, children who are suffering from sensory integration issues will benefit from play and games which are specifically adapted to develop their senses.

How to help your child with their touch sensitivity?

Firstly, you need to set aside a specific time of day when you’ll engage in the play. Remember, at first it may cause your child stress, especially if he or she is significantly oversensitive to touch. Choose a time of day when your child still has some energy left to face the stress, so, for example, not right before bedtime.

Next: start small. Start with just one game. You can add new exercises over time.

And finally: make it into a habit. Only repetition will create new pathways in your child’s brain to help him or her overcome the oversensitivity.

How to play?

Prepare different fabrics and materials for your child to touch. Get a small piece of silk, cotton, soft flannel, and a piece of burlap. Fill two containers with cold water and warm water. Get a box full of marbles. If you have a cat, invite him to play with you. Whatever you can think of that is related to touch and safe to play with.

You can just put the things together in your child’s play corner and quietly observe, what they will do. Or you can ask questions: how does this feel? And how that? How is it different from this one? And so on.