Can Tactile Stimulation Help My Autistic Child?

Tactile Stimulation

Once your therapist determines that tactile stimulation would benefit your child, the next step is figuring out what products or aids are available to you. Kinsman offers the Massage Ring and the Massage Roll. Both are designed with bumps to provide gentle stimulation and are easily used in combination with exercise, hand/foot eye coordination, and socialization. Another great option is Sensory Brushes which are ideal for both clinical and home use. These brushes offer a unique sense of touch to enhance the tactile experience for any patient. If you’re looking for something with visual and tactile stimulation the Side-Lyer Tactile Stimulation Toy might be perfectly suited for your needs. It encourages upper extremity movement and teaches new skills. The panel vibrates and lights up when lightly touched and the beads provide somatosensory stimulation. Another great option to provide tactile stimulation is the Sensory Motor Busy Box. It has a switch that is made of soft felt and the further you push forward the handle the more LEDs light up. It also incorporates a mirror and can be easily cleaned with any household multipurpose cleaner and disinfectant.

Tactile Stimulation

Massage can also be incorporated into therapy.Skil Care Corporation provides users with the Skil-Care Vibe Mitt Vibrator with Mitt. It provides soft vibrating massage for relaxation and sensory stimulation. The unit is pressure activated; therefore no on/off switch is needed and is completely washable. Another great massage option is the Tubular Vibrator Wrap. It features a design that conforms to any body part and provides soft gentle vibrations. It’s 2 speed padded vibrator is switch activated and comes in two versions (adapted and unadapted). The adapted version requires a capability switch. The Wraparound Massager is another tool to provide vibro-tactile feedback for users with sensory disabilities. It offers 2 speeds and a convenient hook closure to keep it in place. A great way to incorporate massage for tactile stimulation is using the Vibrating Pillow. When activated by an external capability switch it offers the user gentle massage for relaxation and tactile awareness.

Tactile Stimulation

The use of therapy balls can help with tactile stimulation.Fun and Function manufactures the Spiky Tactile Balls. They can be used for gentle massage and are easy to catch because of the bumps on the ball. They also offer the Fidget Keychain Balls which are perfect for stressful moments. They contain three different durable fidgets with different feels such as sand and pebbles. Also the Crystal Bead Balls provide visual and tactile stimulation. They are clear stretchable ball filled with colored beads and are 7 inches in diameter. The use of a Tactile Ball can help desensitize a hypersensitive hand. This vinyl ball is covered with hundreds of bumps and is extremely easy to catch. The key to finding the proper therapy aid is determining what your child needs and incorporating it into a safe and fun activity.

 

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