WHAT IS HEAVY WORK?
Just like adults, children need to be able to calm their bodies and self-regulate. Not all children can do this on their own, however, which is why heavy work is so important. Heavy work is any activity which requires you to use your muscles and joints, putting pressure on them as you move. It provides your body with necessary proprioceptive input to self-regulate.
HOW DOES HEAVY WORK CALM AND HELP CHILDREN FOCUS?
By providing deep proprioceptive input into a child’s muscles and joints, and “Heavy Work” helps them self-regulate in the same way that exercise may help an adult deal with stress.
It allows them to recenter and refocus their body and energy into appropriate outlets.
HOW CAN YOU USE CHORES TO PROVIDE HEAVY WORK?
This list of chores isn’t meant to be done all at once, or even in one day. I have gathered as many examples of chores that provide “heavy work” to give you and your child options.