Looking ‘Deep’ for Ways to Calm
As adults, in our daily lives we are always naturally choosing techniques that calm and regulate us. We have learned that chewing gum during a staff meeting helps us to stay alert or to fall asleep at night we need to have a blanket on us no matter how warm it may be. These are those little things we do to feed our sensory systems. Every day we all use coping mechanisms despite not having a diagnosis that includes sensory processing concerns. From the time we were infants we began the process of trying to figure out what made us tick, but oftentimes it required the assistance of our parents. For example, it was our parents who figured out that wrapping us in a swaddling blanket or providing us with a pacifier would quiet our cries. Inherently we then began the process learning what our systems required.