Today, I am handing over the blog to Rachelle from The Happy Me Shop. She’s talking about her favourite proprioceptive input exercises for kids. I am a HUGE advocate for proprioceptive input prior to mealtimes. This helps reset children and prepare them for new tasks. I build it into my pre-mealtime routine prior to washing our hands, setting our table and serving ourselves our meals. Come back and read more about the pre-mealtime routine that results in happy mealtimes here. For now, enjoy Rachelle’s professional insights.
Hi, I’m Rachelle. I’m a passionate and fun Clinical Social Worker and an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Not only do I have clinical expertise in treating complex mental health disorders, but I have a whole huge range of skills working with children, families, and educators. I’ve been privileged enough to share a journey through counselling clients around issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, autism, and sensory processing disorder – just to name a few! (Here is more about my background on the Happy Me Shop’s about page).
My passion is for sharing practical skills, tips, and knowledge to empower parents and educators with the resources they need to make life happier. Thus, I created my online shop full of amazing tools – The Happy Me Shop.
A fantastic tool that kids (and adults) struggle to put down. It feels sticky, but it’s really not! It
doesn’t stick to anything – carpet, hair, counters or clothes. Perfect for developing those hand muscles, rolling, squeezing, pushing and pulling. The best way to use if for proprioceptive input is to stand beside a table or counter. Grab a rolling pin and roll it out using all of your strength – and as much of your body as possible. This gives great proprioceptive input to hands, arms and shoulders, and the rest of the body.
My first and favourite fidget tool is Mr Wiggle Worm. He is what started my passion for giving families and teachers amazing access to helpful products. He does wiggle and move and is great for a fidget tool but his surprise is that he gives the most amazing massage!!
Roll him on your body using one or two hands (or get someone else to do it). This gives
proprioceptive input and might just put you in massage heaven!
Control the input to be heavy or lighter pressure and focus on the areas that most calm your body.
Kids tell me this is the most AMAZING ball that they just love. One the easiest ways to get proprioceptive input is to get kids moving their body – and this ball is a great tool for that. They can’t resist throwing it, playing catch, juggling it in their hands, running around with it, playing tag with it, and pulling and twisting it! It’s just too much fun! See how many ways your kids can use this ball to get their body moving their joints, ligaments, and muscles.
I hope you have loved hearing about Rachelle’s favourite proprioceptive activities. Rachelle provided this information to me and I noticed that her website has free standard delivery on all orders over $75. Definitely somewhere to keep book marked for online gift shopping (not to mention getting some of these great value tools for your own family.)
Do you have any favourite tools to encourage proprioceptive system input with your kids?
PS. We love yoga and our “you can..” jar too. The “you can…” jar printable is a free bonus with our parenting videos: “Positive Food Talk with Kids” and “Is Screen Time Sabotaging your Mealtime?” – in both videos I team up with fellow health professionals and delve more into understanding the sensory system and deliver strategies for parents that focus on two common pain points – building the right language around food AND/OR technology use, tantrums and food refusal.