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#165 - A Deeper Look at Sensory Milestones & Red Flags to Note

August 11, 2021 Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L Episode 165
All Things Sensory by Harkla
#165 - A Deeper Look at Sensory Milestones & Red Flags to Note
Show Notes

The developmental milestones in the first 12 months of life are widely spoken about, but there are equally important, yet often overlooked, sensory milestones to be aware of. 

In today's episode, Rachel and Jessica explore the different sensory systems: auditory, visual, tactile, and more! 

We hear about the key developmental markers of each of these systems, along with some red flags to look out for. 

Rachel and Jessica also share some easy-to-implement activities for each of the sensory systems so that you can expose your baby to as much as possible early in life. It can seem like there is an overwhelming amount to do and look out for, but these are all simple things which you can incorporate into your daily routine. 

Sensory processing and integration is such a critical part of daily functioning and overall well-being, which is why it is vital to ensure that you integrate a range of activities into your baby's life as early on as possible.  

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Developmental milestones are not the only important milestones.
  • What a sensory system is and how it impacts all aspects of our lives.
  • Why it is important to start sensory integration activities early on.
  • What the auditory system is and a look at how it develops over the first year of a baby's life.
  • Red flags when it comes to auditory system functioning.
  • Some auditory sensory integration activities to do in the first 12 months of a baby's life.
  • How the visual system develops over the first year and related red flags.
  • Activities to stimulate your baby's visual system.
  • The importance of exposing your baby to a variety of places.
  • What the tactile system is and the different milestones over the first 12 months.
  • Important tactile-related red flags to look out for.
  • Key activities you can do with your baby to help their tactile sensory system.
  • Insights into what the vestibular system is and the key milestones.
  • Vestibular system development red flags.
  • How to activate your baby's vestibular system.
  • A look at the oral system and the crucial developmental milestones.
  • Some activities you can incorporate into your baby's routine to help their oral system.

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