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What a great question! Art classes at school come to mind!.... very stressful for sensory avoiders! Some deep touch pressure/heavy work activities may be helpful as these can be calming and organizing to the sensory system. Just prior to the art (or sensory task) activity, have the child carry a load of books, pull a heavy wagon, or carry a transition object such as the Tote Around Animals. For other ideas, see my blog from last week on Summer Sensations for Sensory Avoiders.
Yes, a weighted vest is another great solution! As an OT I always recommend parents and teachers work in collaboration with the child's therapist to determine the right type and amount of weighted input in the vest as well as setting up a wearing schedule of time on and time off. Glad to know this has worked with Sam. Thanks for sharing!