Heavy Work to Calm and Focus

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Submitted by: Autism Spectrum Disorder Team

Resource Category: Behavior Supports, Sensory Supports

Resource Type: Resource Document

Resource Description: Heavy work is a term coined to describe any type of activity that activates proprioceptive receptors. Proprioception is the sensory system responsible for body awareness and it activates in the muscles, joints, and ligaments. Heavy work can have a calming effect or alert and orienting effect based on what your student is craving. It allows your student to get adequate proprioceptive input that will help them focus and increase self-regulation.

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