More Than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits Distributed In Lakewood
Connecting for Kids distributed more than 1,000 Sensory Awareness Kits last week to 5 preschools, 11 childcare centers and the Lakewood Family Room. The goal of these kits is to help area families identify sensory issues early. These kits have been generously donated by Kiwanis Division 14.
Featuring an Ollie the Octopus doll, each kit also contains a card with “sensory red flags” that describe in easy-to-understand terms how families can identify if their child might be at risk.
Anyone who suspects sensory issues is invited to register for a free, 15-minute Sensory Consult with a pediatric occupational therapist on either Monday, May 13 or Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Rd. To sign up for a time slot, visit www.connectingforkids.org/consult. This consult is open to all children ages 18 months-12 years. At the consult, each child will be encouraged to engage in some activities while a parent or family member completes a checklist. At the consult, families will also learn strategies to help their child at home.
According to research statistics found on the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder website, “1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions.”
Often, these children are “labeled” as behavior problems, impulsive, overactive or shy. But in reality, sometimes these behaviors can be attributed to sensory processing issues where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. The phenomenon may also explain some behaviors such as refusing to wear certain clothing, being bothered by noises or avoiding foods with unusual textures. Once families learn the root cause of these behaviors and know how to address them, they are given hope.
The Sensory Consult is supported by Abilities First, LLC and co-sponsored by the Lakewood Family Room. Presented in partnership with Lakewood Public Library and supported by a grant from Community West Foundation.
Lorilynn Wolf is the Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.