Sensory preferences are the sights, sounds, smells, movements and feelings that your child likes. These could be, the feeling of pressure on the skin, listening to a certain song, running back and forth etc.
By knowing and understanding these, you can help promote communication - if your child has a preference for listening to music, then singing, rhyming and such like, can be used to help your child understand instruction better and have them pay attention for a longer and hopefully enable progression through communication barriers. And of course it will help you engage with your child.
The above may seem fairly obvious to you, or it may be a totally new concept, either way, using this checklist below - (Formed using the "More Than Words" Checklist) - can help you to keep a track of your child's sensory preferences.
For your free print out of the Checklist below, then please click here.
Below, is what the checklist looks like, what it covers and you can then see whether this may be of use to you and your child. I have highlighted those which Badger has trouble with, to give you an idea. We first used this when Badger was very young and we were following the Hanen Programme at the Child Developement Centre. We created the checklist and kept it up to date, giving copies to his pre-school setting and then when he started in reception... it is useful to keep anyone who is caring for your child in the loop and this checklist is extensive enough to cover everything that you may otherwise forget to mention, or maybe didn't think to mention.
Hope it is of some use to you!