Building A Sensory Space

 A sensory room is a room or space in your home  that you create for your sensory kiddo that is designed by you for your kiddo to meet your sensory kiddos needs. It is best if you talk to your child's OT to design the room that is just right for your kiddo as all sensory kiddos have different needs from severe to mild and all sensory kiddos have different symptoms. A sensory room or space is built for alerting or calming. Include tools in your kiddos room that will calm or alert all their senses.

 

 

Vestibular

Vestibular system arises in the inner ear and it is responsible for processing movement, changing your head position, direction and speed of movement. If you do 15 minutes of vestibular input that can last up to 12 hours. Kiddo are supposed to have vestibular input 2-3 times a day morning, noon and evening and this can help a kiddo maintain a level of arousal needed to perform activities of daily living.

 VESTIBULAR ACTIVITIES

-swinging- toddler, sling, platform, hammock, inner tube, trapeze
-jumping- pillows, trampoline, rebounder
-Bouncing- on large ball, on pillows
-rolling- in barrel, rolling up in blanket, rolling on large ball
-spinning- on chair with wheels, sit n spin toy
-rocking- rocking horse, rocking chair
-hanging upside down- off couch, off lap, from monkey bars, from trapeze bars
-climbing- on playground equipment, on designated furniture
-dancing
-walking/running/hiking
-wheeled toys- roller blades/roller blades, wagons, trikes, scooters
-riding on moving equipment- car, elevator, water bed, chair on wheels
-playground equipment- slides, teeter totter, merry-go-round
gross motor games- catch, soccer, basketball, tag, ball hockey, hopscotch


 

Therapy Balls  Yoga Balls & Peanut Balls

Peanut balls look like 2 balls welded together with a small valley where they meet. Provides all the fun and bounce of a ball with greater stability. Sit or straddle, lay on stomach or back- a very versatile piece of equipment.

Yoga balls are perfect tools for working on balance, strengthening, proximal stability, as well as for providing controlled vestibular and proprioceptive input. Therapy Balls, Children's Indoor Trampolines, Rotating & Spinning devices, & other gross motor Equipment for balance and coordination
Caution: It is recommended that adult supervision be provided at all times when using these, or any other moveable surface.

 



 

 

Trampolines

 

 

 



 



 

 

Swings

 

The Hammock Chair provides a more open and Vigorous vestibular experience. Extra care is taken in the construction to provide an attractive, durable product of the highest quality. Perfect in clinics, therapy rooms, play and children's rooms. Great alternative to other, more institutional looking pieces of vestibular equipment. The benefits to swings are they are multi purposeful. It takes a child where their senses are already heightened and it gives them the vestibular input that they needed which then allows them to increase their attention to task and at times increase their speech.

 

 


 

 

 

 Sit and Spin Toys

 

 

 

 

 

 Tactile 

Some kiddos have tactile defensiveness and it impedes their activities for daily living. The goal of working on tactile activities is to decrease the defensiveness. Here are some symptoms of tactile defensiveness

-Fearful of messy play

-Does not enjoy vibrating toys

-Dislike tags on clothing

-Will only wear certain fabrics

-Do not like bare feet on grass or sand

-Bothered by light touch


Activities for a sensory room to help your kiddo with tactile defensiveness.


TACTILE ACTIVITIES

-brushing varied brushes, textures, drawing with chalk on the body, and erasing with varied textures
-massage- varied oils, powders
-sensory play- water, sand, corn meal, finger paint, play doh, clay
-tactile discrimination activities- retrieving objects from closed box or hidden in rice, beans etc.
-face and body painting, whip cream painting, pudding play, bubble baths
-body tattoos- tattoo/stickers on body parts


 

 Squishing fidgets

 

 

 

 

Wilbarger Brushing Technique

 

 

 

Sensory bins/Water & sand play/Bean & rice table

 

 

 

Sensory Play

 

 

 Proprioception

 

Proprioceptive input is sensations from joints, muscles and connective tissue that lead to body awareness. This can be obtained by lifted, pushing and pulling heavy objects one's own weight. A kiddo can stimulate the proprioceptive sense by engaging in activities that push joints together such as pushing something heavy or pulling joints apart or climbing on a climbing wall.

PROPRIOCEPTIVE ACTIVITIES

-rough and tumble play- play wrestling
-tug of war- rope or fabric
-crawling- through tunnels and boxes
-stair climbing- bumping down stairs
-pulling/pushing- weighted cart, wagon or buggy
-catching- throwing heavy weighted ball
-wheelbarrow walking
-scooter board activities
-hitting a punching bags
-pulling apart resistant toys/objects
-squishing between pillows
-squeezing stress balls
-joint compressions
-heavy exercise- push ups, sit ups
-hammering
-pounding/rolling out large play doh
-hanging from trapeze
-vibration
-massage
-gross motor activities-obstacle courses, stretching and toning exercises


Tunnels  

 

 

 

Vibration 

 

 

 

 TECHNIQUES TO OPTIMIZE LEVEL OF AROUSAL

-slow rocking, rocking chair, lap, sitting, prone
-slow/linear swinging
-vibration- pillow/toy
-deep pressure massage
-joint compressions
-snuggling- in a sleeping bag, in bean bag chair, in large pillows
-weighted vest or collar
-lycra spandex clothing
-rythms-repetition of slow, strong rhythms (song or Rhymes)
-heavy lifting/carrying/pushing/pulling
-warm bath
-stress balls
-chewing- gum, fruit rollup, beef jerky, bungee cord, tubing
-sucking- candy, curly straws
-hide-out/quiet corner- with large pillows

 ALERTING ACTIVITIES

-fast spinning
-spinning on a chair, sit-n spin
-quick bouncing- on ball/lap
-wheeled toys- quick ride on wagon, trike
-chewing ice chips
-sucking-popsicles, frozen grapes, sour candy
-drinking ice water
-tag
-cold water play
-playing loud musical instruments
-cause and effect sound and light toy

 

Play tents & Ball tents  

 

 

 

 

Sensory Lights

 

 

 

 

Sensory Soft Play

 

 

 

 

 

 Sensory Suggestions