SUCCESS Therapy Centre

Success Therapy Centre is situated in the heart of Cape Town. We offer occupational therapy, play therapy, speech and language therapy, as well as other supportive interventions to children, families and adults. Our team of therapists are passionate about providing professional and individualised therapeutic service to clients in a multidisciplinary team environment.

We offer in-depth evaluation and intervention in the following areas:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Dyspraxia
  • Executive Functioning Difficulties
  • - organisation and planning
  • - study skills
  • Gross and Fine Motor delays
  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Stuttering
  • Language Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Literacy and Learning
  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Voice

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With a long year behind us, and exciting holiday plans approaching, tantrums, meltdowns, and restrictive behaviours are the last thing we want to look forward to as we enter the holiday season.

Between the start of your journey and the much-needed break, for both you and your children, may be one or more of the following “in-betweeners”-

  1. Airports
  2. Aeroplane flights
  3. Car rides

For both you as the parent, and children with sensory difficulties/sensitivities, the “in-betweeners” can make holiday time tiring, emotionally draining, and stressful. Whether your child has a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder or not, considering the sensory systems of both you and your child is a good start in preparing for a long journey, and supporting a calmer, less restrictive nervous system.

A supported nervous system can assist in decreasing meltdowns, unreasonable anxiety, stress, and restrictive behaviours. Due to the direct connection between the nervous system and sensory processing, as an Occupational Therapist, I figure the sensory systems are a good place to start when preparing for your successful holiday.

The Sensory Experience Of Each “In-Betweener”

The sensory systems have been broken up into 5 categories, with possible sensory-rich experiences listed for each sensory system.

It is important to note that each person can respond to these sensory experiences differently, finding them either alerting, calming or neutral. In order to explore your and your children’s sensory profiles in more detail, please contact your occupational therapist.

The aim of this section is to expand our outlook on the amount of sensory input that is possibly experienced during each “in-betweener”: 

VISUAL

The following can stimulate the visual system:

In the Airport

In the Aeroplane:

In the Car:

AUDITORY

The following can stimulate the auditory system:

In the Airport:

In the Aeroplane:

In the Car:

TACTILE

The following can stimulate the tactile system:

In the Airport:

In the Aeroplane:

In the Car:

BODY MOVEMENT (PROPRIOCEPTION & VESTIBULAR INPUT )

The following can stimulate the movement systems:

In the Airport:

In the Aeroplane:

In the Car:

SMELL AND TASTE

The following can stimulate the smell and taste systems:

In the Airport:

In the Aeroplane:

In the Car:

Top Tips for Making Good Use of Our Sensory Systems While Travelling

Strategies to help calm our sensory systems:

  1. Wear a heavy backpack
  2. Play with a fidget toy
  3. Do a fine motor activity (e.g. colouring)
  4. Sip a thick smoothie through a straw
  5. Listen to calming music
  6. Do some yoga stretches and deep breathing
  7. Chew gum
  8. Give/receive firm hugs
  9. Sit somewhere with dim lighting and less people
  10. Take a slow, quiet walk, or take a slow ride on the airport trolley

Strategies to help awaken our sensory systems:

  1. Go for a brisk walk through the airport
  2. Spend sometime outside in the fresh air
  3. Turn on the lights or sit in a brightly lit area
  4. Turn up the music in the car
  5. Open the car window or turn up the air conditioning
  6. Eat strong flavoured foods with varied textures
  7. Stand rather than sit (where possible)
  8. Take a fast ride in the airport trolley, or pull wheeled luggage
  9. Play eye-spy or count the number of a certain object or colour
  10. Play on playground equipment

Here are a few tips for supporting each sensory system before and during the traveling phase of your holiday.

Other Helpful Tips:

Videos to watch before going on a flight:

Stop, Screen, Go

What it’s like to be on an aeroplane

Helpful Resources:

Sensory Solutions for traveling in the car (including how to decrease motion sickness): https://www.yourkidsot.com/blog/sensory-solutions-for-travelling-in-the-car

How to make a sensory travel kit: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/sensory-processing-issues/how-to-make-a-sensory-travel-kit-for-your-child

Avoid travel meltdowns: https://www.understood.org/en/family/events-outings/family-travel/10-tips-to-help-kids-with-sensory-processing-issues-avoid-travel-meltdowns

Life can be unpredictable no matter how much we plan and prepare. It is also impossible to control all sensory experiences, especially if you have more than one child, as well as your own sensory systems to take into consideration. However, awareness is always key because it opens your eyes to what could happen and the possible ways to support the nervous system in the best way possible.

Enjoy the preparation, learn from past experiences and have a wonderful holiday!