“A SECRET” module for better sensory processing

Written by Tricia Au

A guide to help parents, therapists and teachers in understanding what intervention that works best for the child.

“A SECRET” is a process that looks into how support can be implemented and modified to help the child overcome their sensory challenges. Each letter in “A SECRET” refers to a particular component that could lead to a plan of action to help your child manage challenging situations. However, we must understand that there is no one specific strategy that can be applied to a range of behaviour. “A SECRET” is a tool to help us identify the issue and come up with different solutions to tackle the issue. Your role is to figure out which solution works best for the child.

The components of “A SECRET”

A = attention

  • Ask yourself if the problem is due to the lack of attention? What can I do to help my child gain interest in the task and pay attention while doing it?

S = sensation

  • How can sensory input help the child do better in the task? What kind of sensory input can benefit the child in that task?

E = emotional regulation

  • How can I emotionally prepare the child before the task?

C = culture, contect, or current condition

  • Help the child to see things in a different perspective as compared to the norm. For example, winning does not mean that you are the best, losing can also be seen as a stepping stone to be better

R = relationships

  • How your role in the child’s life can play a role in influencing the child’s emotions and behaviour. The way you react, feel, say certain things may be picked up by the child

E = environment

  • How can you modify the environment to ensure that the child can have a better experience going through with the task

T = task

  • What are some additional things that can be done to help the child be more familiar with the task

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  • Lucy, J.M. & Doris, A.F. (2007). Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder. TarcherPerigee.

  • Doreit, B. (2012). No Longer a Secret: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges. Future Horizons Incorporated

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