Sensory Interoception Tools For Children 

Sensory interoceptive tools are designed to help children who have sensory differences and struggle with processing sensory information. They provide a way for children to manage their sensory needs, allowing them to engage with the world in a more calm manner. There are many  different types of sensory interoceptive tools available for children, each serving a specific purpose. Some of the most common types include weighted blankets, compression vests, body socks, and fidget toys. 

Weighted blankets are a type of sensory interoceptive tool that provides deep pressure stimulation for children. This pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to soothe sensory overload and reduce anxiety. The weight of the blanket provides a sense of security and comfort, making it easier for children to relax and sleep.

Compression vests are another type of sensory interoceptive tool that provides deep pressure stimulation. These vests can be worn under clothing and are made from stretchy, tight-fitting material. They work by applying gentle pressure on the body, which can help children feel more grounded and focused. Compression vests are especially helpful for children who struggle with sensory processing in a loud or busy environment.

Body socks are a full-body sensory tool that can be a fun and engaging way for children to experience deep pressure. These stretchy fabric sacks provide a snug fit and allow children to move and explore their bodies in a safe and controlled manner. Body socks can help children with motor planning, body awareness, and sensory integration.

Fidget toys are small handheld objects that can be manipulated in various ways, such as squeezing, twisting, or sliding. These toys are beneficial for children who need to release excess energy or keep their hands busy to maintain focus. Fidget toys provide tactile and proprioceptive input, helping children regulate their sensory needs.

Sensory interoceptive tools have many benefits for children with sensory differences. They can help reduce anxiety, improve self-regulation, and promote a sense of calm. These tools also provide a safe and appropriate outlet for sensory-seeking behaviors. 
Sensory interoceptive toys can also be a lot of fun and enjoyment for children. These tools can be incorporated into playtime, making therapy sessions more engaging and interactive. 

Sensory interoceptive toys have proven to be highly beneficial for children with sensory differences. These tools can help children regulate their sensory needs and promote a sense of calm. 










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 give 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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