Having met the child’s attachment needs (Level 1), addressing somatic (body-based) sensory requirements becomes crucial for regulating the nervous system. Vagus nerve stimulation, movement, and sensory regulation are instrumental in promoting emotional well-being and enabling the child to progress to the next level.
The Child’s Profile
- I have poor core strength, postural stability and/or appear clumsy (proprioception)
- I’m not aware of my own personal needs, such as needing the toilet or a drink (interoception)
- I become overwhelmed by busy environments, finding it hard to filter out background noise (auditory)
- I find textures and clothing uncomfortable (tactile)
- I find copying from the board, reading, or having visual distractions difficult (visual)
- I need to change position, and/or move around to feel comfortable (vestibular)