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So desired by all students, the holidays have either already started or will begin soon. If the weather is good, the youngest will be able to enjoy playing in the snow. Usually it happens that our children enjoy playing in the snow. However, there is a group of children who experience discomfort with this - these are children with sensory integration disorders. Among them, especially children with hypersensitivity to tactile stimuli and children with gravitational uncertainty stand out. For children who are hypersensitive to touch, it may be problematic to dress themselves - thick tights, overalls, a hat, a scarf that restrict movement - these items of clothing may cause discomfort to a child with impaired sensory integration.
Often then children are irritated, they begin to whine, constantly adjust their clothes, they may report that something is stinging or scratching them. If we have such a "hypersensitive" at home, it is worth thinking about a comfortable outfit in advance. It happens that a child categorically refuses to put on thick ski pants. Then you can put on thermal underwear to keep him from getting cold, and put on some thick pants that he tolerates. It is also worth taking clothes for a disguise. Hats and scarves are also problematic - it is usually about the material they are made of. Here, a good solution is to go to the store with your child so that they can choose the hat themselves from the corresponding texture. The same applies to other garments - we adjust them to the child and do not assume that they must wear them. The comfort of the child while playing is very important so that he can fully enjoy it.
Another group of children who may experience discomfort while playing in the snow are those with gravitational uncertainty, i.e. those who perceive movement stimuli excessively and are afraid of some kind of movement, especially sudden and unexpected movements. For them, games such as going downhill or even running downhill will be unpleasant. High speed on a sledge plus height can make the child feel anxious instead of enjoying the fun. If our child does not like fast movement, do not force him to slide down the highest hill on a sled or ski, but rather gradually get used to the new activity, choosing at the beginning a flat terrain or a small hill.
Regardless of the child's difficulties, it is worth taking advantage of the possibility of playing in the snow - remember that each movement supports the development of sensory integration processes.
Anna Chacińska special educator, specialist in sensory integration