Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Autism & Spinning

 Many children like to spin. For children with autism, spinning can be soothing. They like the repetition of the spinning motion. Spinning can also serve as a response to their vestibular and proprioceptive sensory problems.
The past few weeks Trenton's sensory problems have been out of whack! He has been battling some strong vestibular and proprioceptive problems. In other words, he has had difficulty feeling his body in space. A huge indicator of this is when he wants a lot of deep pressure. We have been doing lots of deep pressure techniques at home lately.
When Trenton gets over stimulated while having vestibular and proprioceptive problems, he spins non-stop. I know children like to spin. However, it is a whole different ballgame for Trenton. He will spin for a very long time without getting dizzy. Below is a real short video as an example of what he looks like spinning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QlOnJXl-IY

The video can look simply like a child who likes to spin. Sadly, Trenton isn't doing it for pure enjoyment. He is doing it to help feel his body and to calm his sensory and anxiety problems.


The below link is a great website that discusses sensory processing disorder.

http://www.whattoexpect.com/developmental-delays-in-children/sensory-processing-disorder-in-children.aspx

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