Here is a list of ways of helping children and adults with special needs:
Learning and development
This is perhaps one of the challenging areas of these individuals’ lives. However, there are various toys and aids for learning about life skills and social skills. Your child’s cognitive skills can also be enhanced using the aids.
For instance, a child with autism struggles to concentrate in class because the mind races in many different directions and they may also have heightened senses. To get through the day and for them to learn as effectively as possible, a squeeze ball such as a StringyBall may be used. This will not fall off and by squeezing and holding the ball, they are able to pay attention to one thing.
Development of motor skills
To strengthen motor skills of a child or an adult with special needs, it is important to have and to use the right tools. Resistance and hand exercises are essential for arm strength, a strong grip, and enhanced development of the arm. The stretches and other exercises done using a stress or a squeeze ball will help such individuals to build arm strength, thus do some simple tasks.
There are various toys and exercises dedicated to build and to enhance gross and fine motor skills. Puzzles, writing, drawing, manipulative, and hand exercises build the fine motor skills.
Squeeze balls have different densities and use will depend on the need and how much the hand can handle. These are effective for enhancing the grip.
For better balance, you should get balancing toys, aids, or equipment like number lines, boards, and inflatable domes that can be stepped on. With time, the user’s balance gets better and stronger.
Management of sensory disabilities
Special needs individuals often have motor and sensory difficulties. Often, these individuals lead adjusted lives when they are adults but only if they get the right assistive aids when young.
To manage tactile, vestibular, visual, auditory, and proprioception difficulties, you should invest in the right equipment to enhance these senses. Squeeze balls, massagers, body wraps, balances, scooters, or mirrors are effective in managing these areas of disability. Aroma panels and essential oils may be used for disabilities associated with the smell.
Mobility and positioning
Often, persons with disabilities have limited mobility. Practice makes perfect and regardless of the mobility problem at hand, you can reverse or improve it by using the right positioning and mobility tools.
There are aiding equipment or tools for adapted mobility, crawling, sitting, walking, side lying, and positioning. They help in strengthening muscles and making it possible for one to walk unassisted or even to build muscle mass.
In conclusion, if your loved one has a physical or sensory disability, you should help them by getting the right aids and equipment to help them get through the day and their entire lives safely, and happily. They aren’t less human and the extra TLC may make them overcome their needs.
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