Sensory Activities 

 

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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
-bubble baths
-body tattoos- tattoo/stickers on body parts

 

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

 

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

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-repetitionof 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

 

Sensory Play
There are so many ways to help your child with his Sensory Processing Disorder that can be fun! 

 
Texture Play
Get plastic containers large enough to let a child play in it and filled them up with things like pasta, rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. In each container, keep some plastic spoons and plastic measuring cups for scooping and playing. Be Careful it can be messy!


Finger Paint
Its so much fun to squeeze the paint in our fingers and be messy!! Paint a picture together, just you and your child. It's best to purchase paints that are washable.



Clay Play
Play with clay or Play-Doh. Let your child squish and squeeze and cover his hands.... take out rolling pin, cookie cutters ect. (see how to make play dough below) 

 Water Play
Let your child play in a backyard pool, public pool,  let him take a container of water outside to play with or you could let your child help you wash your pets/car or do the dishes with you.

 

Massage
Give your child a gentle massage. Massage your child's head run your fingers through there hair if he has trouble getting his hair brushed or washed. Tickle your child's face, back or legs. Use creams/lotions and gels with different scents to no scents. Purchase feathers or a few brushes that feel different in textures that your child likes. My child for example like to be touches with one of those cooking brushes made of silicone to rub over her skin.  










DISCLAIMER: I am not an Occupational Therapist. I am an adult who has Sensory Processing Disorder, a sensory parent and a Grandma. The information on this website is not medical advice and does not replace the information that your child's therapists gives you. These are just ideas and information that I have learned myself over the years of being a parent and an adult living with SPD. If you are concerned for your child, please always seek medical attention through a family doctor, pediatrician or therapist. This website is for suggestions and informational purposes only. Each child is different and what works for one child may not for another because all children have different needs. Please always consult with a professional.

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