These tables come in all shapes and sizes; from small to large, wheelchair accessible or not, with or without covers, divided sections within one table, or separate tables for sand and water.
These tables capture the essence of a child's creativity, cooperative
play, tactile play, and fine motor skills. They will have so much fun
playing in it (and yes, probably making a little bit of a mess) while they
develop necessary developmental skills.
Children with tactile defensiveness will not want to go near the sand table as the sand feels like the most uncomfortable, coarse sandpaper is being rubbed on their skin.
They may intently avoid getting their hands dirty. You may see them avoiding the these tables altogether or just using their fingertips to play in them.
Children with sensory processing disorders are the population of kids to make sure they are encouraged to play in the sand and water table. They need to become accustomed to this type of tactile input!
As I also elude to in my general treatment guidelines article, do not force these children to play in the tables, but do...
As trivial as it sounds, playing in sand and water tables is a necessary developmental skill which a child's tactile system needs! And, for most children, it is one of their favorite items to play with. Be creative and patient and you CAN even make it that way for a child with tactile defensiveness.
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