sensory friendly sleeping environment

Do you often find your child tossing and turning at bedtime, struggling to fall asleep? It could be more than just bedtime resistance – it might be a sign that your child has a hard time processing and interpreting all the sensory information they have encountered within their day.  In today’s fast-paced world, where children encounter a large amount of sensory stimuli every day, it’s crucial to understand how their sensory processing impacts their ability to sleep peacefully.

What Are Sensory Processing Challenges?

Sensory processing challenges occur when a child has difficulty interpreting and managing the sensory information they receive from their environment. This can manifest in various ways, such as hypersensitivity (over-responsiveness) or hyposensitivity (under-responsiveness) to sensory stimuli. For some children, the struggle lies in processing too much sensory input, while others may not receive enough sensory input to regulate themselves effectively.

The Impact on Sleep

For children with sensory processing challenges, bedtime can be particularly challenging. The accumulation of sensory input throughout the day can leave them feeling overwhelmed and unable to unwind. Without the ability to self-soothe and regulate their sensory experiences, falling asleep and maintaining restful sleep becomes a struggle.

Identifying Sensory Needs

At Blossom, we understand the importance of addressing sensory processing challenges comprehensively. Our Occupational Therapy team specializes in assessing your child’s sensory profile to pinpoint areas that require additional support. By identifying specific sensory needs, we can tailor interventions not only to improve sleep but also to enhance peer interactions, motor skills, and emotional development.

3 Suggested Sleep Solutions Your Autistic Child

Regional Occupational Therapist Katie Fischer  shares her insights on her top 3 natural sleep remedies for children on the spectrum. Remember, it’s important to understand, what may work for one child, may not work for every child, as they have their own unique sensory needs.

compression sheet to support autistic child's sensory needs.

1. Sensory Compression Sheets

    • We recommend the ‘sensory compression sheet’ from HARKLA.
    • Why we LOVE it:
      • Accidents happen, and this sheet can be easily removed off the bed and tossed right into the washing machine
      • Supports restful sleep with ‘hug like’ compression
      • Soft to the touch

bed bumper for restful sleep for autistic child

2. Bed Bumpers

    • We recommend the ‘bed bumper’ from hiccapop.
    • Why we LOVE it:
      • Can be installed quickly under a fitted sheet
      • Gives peace-of-mind for parents if your little one is an active sleeper

create a sensory-friendly bedroom for restful sleep for your autistic child.3. Creating a Sensory-Friendly Bedroom

    • By creating a sensory-friendly environment for your child, you’re creating a safe, calming space for them to unwind
    • Here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a sensory-friendly space:
      • Calming colors & decor
      • White noise or soft music
      • Temperature & comfort
      • Bedtime routine
      • Aromatherapy
      • Limiting electronic devices

Creating a Comprehensive Treatment Plan for Your Child

Our approach at Blossom is centered around empowering children with the tools they need to thrive in their sensory world. Through a combination of therapeutic techniques, environmental modifications, and personalized strategies, we work closely with families to create a supportive framework for their child’s sensory development.

How Our Occupational Therapists Can Help

If your child struggles with sleep difficulties, it’s essential to consider the role that sensory processing challenges may play. By addressing these challenges and providing targeted support, we can help your child experience the restful sleep they deserve. At Blossom, we’re committed to helping every child blossom to their fullest potential – one sensory experience at a time.

Visit website to learn more about our pediatric occupational therapy services.  Together, we can access your child’s sensory profile and tailor a treatment plan that supports them, and a more restful future.

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