I don't think my 2.5 year old daughter really is SN, but I have suspected for a while that she has some issues with her sensory needs. I'm looking for some advice on adding sensory activities into our lives, and hoping some of you might have ideas.
One of the biggest issues she and I are having right now is that she has an intense need to talk all day long. I realize that some kids at this age are just...talkative, but she just seems to NEED it so badly. I find myself in the midst of the onslaught, unable to cope, just bending down and holding her, asking her to calm down and just breathe...
Another concern of mine is that she can't seem to understand how to really use her muscles. Like, she can't pull apart pop beads yet. But she can almost do a pull-up by herself, so I know she has the muscle strength. I can't get her to pull hard at all. Today she helped me shuck corn, and she just never seems able to make the effort with her muscles to pull the husks off. I hope this makes sense. It's like she's not trying with her muscles, even though she's trying to try. She can't turn a doorknob yet, either. Same sort of issue.
Other than that, she just seems to have a lot of small sensory issues going on. Always had trouble sleeping (as an infant I felt like she feared or hated the feeling of drowsiness). Sleeps better with a blanket, but very sensitive to the exact position of the blanket. We were always very nervous about her needs as an infant - will it be too noisy, too stimulating, etc? She still has a hard time focusing in stimulating environments. She loves spinning and being upside-down, and seems to be calmer and quieter with Daddy, who does a lot of physical activities with her (tossing her in the air, pulling her fast in a box, flipping her, etc.).
So, I guess my first question is, are these just normal toddler things? Because toddlers are pretty odd to begin with :) And, even if they are just toddler things, is it still worth it to look address the sensory issues that I see? And if so, how?
Thanks in advance for any input.