Children living at in institutional settings frequently demonstrate behavioral and emotional challenges related to disrupted attachment, as well as abnormal sensory processing patterns. For her doctoral capstone project, an occupational therapy student travelled to a children’s home in Mexico to evaluate and offer supports for the sensory needs of the children. Many of the children demonstrated sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors which affected their emotions and behaviors. Using a culturally sensitive approach, the student met with house parents and children to help them plan relevant activities and strategies to meet their sensory needs. The house families were left with greater knowledge of sensory strategies, as well as resources to enable self-regulation and function during daily routines.
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