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Sensory tools

Have you ever reached for (or wished for) a stress ball? Well, that’s one kind of sensory tool. These products come in all shapes and sizes and are designed to do the job of providing sensory input in a controlled and therapeutic way. Depending on where your child is at in their day, they might use sensory tools to stimulate or soothe their senses so that they feel regulated, focused, and comfortable in their environment. 

Let's delve into how sensory tools can align with NDIS goals for participants and their families:

1. Self-Regulation: NDIS goals often include helping your child learn self-regulation skills. Sensory tools provide a structured way for your child to manage their sensory experiences, helping them stay calm and focused.

2. Improved Concentration: Many children with sensory sensitivities struggle with concentration. Sensory tools can create a sensory-rich environment that supports better attention and task completion, aligning with NDIS goals related to learning and education.

3. Sensory Exploration: Sensory tools encourage exploration and interaction with the environment. Your child can learn about different textures, temperatures, and sensations, supporting goals related to sensory development and learning.

4. Anxiety and Stress Reduction: Life can be stressful for kids, and sensory tools provide a healthy outlet for managing anxiety and stress. These tools can help your child cope with overwhelming emotions, promoting emotional well-being and resilience.

5. Enhancing Comfort: NDIS recognizes the importance of comfort. Sensory tools can make your child feel more at ease in various situations, such as in the classroom or during therapy sessions, aligning with goals related to comfort and well-being.

6. Improved Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for your child's overall health and well-being, supporting NDIS goals related to health and daily living.

7. Promoting Independence: NDIS often focuses on promoting independence. Sensory tools can empower your child to self-regulate, reducing the need for constant external support and aligning with goals related to independence and autonomy.

8. Sensory Diets: Just like we have diets for nutrition, some children benefit from sensory diets. Sensory tools can be a part of these personalised plans to ensure your child receives the sensory input they need to thrive.

In summary, sensory tools play a vital role in helping your child reach their NDIS goals by promoting self-regulation, improving concentration, supporting sensory development, reducing anxiety and stress, enhancing comfort, improving sleep, promoting independence, and contributing to personalized sensory diets. By incorporating these tools into your child's daily routine, you can support their journey toward achieving their goals.

While I've put my heart into aligning these tips with your NDIS path, the road can have its twists. Remember, these are just suggestions. Dive in, explore, and find what truly works for you. Sending you all my best vibes!

You're the best judge of whether this service fits your child's goals or not.