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Author Details


Name: Amber Elliott

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist and PAFCA Creator

Current place of work: The Child Psychology Service, Lichfield and PAFCA

Lots of children who have had abusive and/or neglectful early lives are delayed in their abilities to understand and use their senses in the same way that non-traumatised people do. This is all linked with the way in which we learn about our bodies through sensitive attuned care in babyhood.

If children have missed out on these experiences in infancy they may continue to struggle with sensory integration. This is why lots of adopted and fostered children, of all ages gravitate towards what we might think of as “younger child”, sensory activities e.g. cooking, playing with mud, spending ages in the bath playing with water or why some children have an aversion to sensory stimuli.

The following are some ideas and tips for getting your child involved with you in fun sensory activities. Click on the numbered Top 5 Tips buttons below to reveal some sensory activities that I really love. First let’s look at some of the practicalities.

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