Sensory Integration Handouts

NAA NY Metro Chapter Westchester Weds., Feb. 16, 2011

Calming Activities
•  •  •  •  •  •  •  Slow rocking Rhythmical swinging Deep breathing Heavy work Obstacle courses (move through slowly) Symmetrical movements Aromas: lavender/geranium/patchouli

Alerting Activities
•  •  •  •  •  •  Bouncing Rhythmical swinging Quick jumping Jumping jacks Simon says Aromas: orange/grapefruit/mint

Developing core strength
•  •  •  •  •  •  Yoga exercises Pilates exercises Choo choo on the floor Mushroom swing Sit ups on the ball Squat balancing on the half ball

Teaching Visual Skills:
•  Understand that proper midline alignment is critical as a pre-requisite •  Work on neck extension in prone if you have to •  Tracking activities •  Convergence activities •  Left to right visual skills •  Copying form near/far

Teaching Bilaterality
•  Infinities on the board or floor •  Brain gym activities •  Road on the wall: drive car through or use a marker •  Chalkboard circles •  Jump rope walk/homolateral walk/cross walk •  Touch and draw or body taps on the back

Activities to Integrate Visual and Tactile Systems
•  Ned s head: see the picture, reach in and feel for what you see •  Reach in touch and find the picture •  Feely boxes •  Find a groove in a board or use wicky sticks or yarn glued to paper: feel it and draw it

Activities to Integrate Kinesthetic and Auditory Systems
•  •  •  •  Simon says Angels in the snow Build with blocks to spoken commands Use a metronome to:
–  Bouce a ball to the beat –  Tap, clap, and/or stomp to the beat –  Use music to regulate pace of movement

Activities to Integrate Kinesthetic and Vision
•  •  •  •  •  Move to arrow charts Move to sequenced bead charts Move to d/p/q/b charts Hand imitation card games Letter charts to jumping jacks and eliminate arm movements with vowels

Activities to Integrate Vision and Auditory Systems
•  Look and describe what I do •  Do and describe •  Listen to tape and follow directions on work sheet •  Letters and numbers on the floor: jump to spell or to follow direction •  Follow directions on parquetry board, lite bright, rubber band geoboard •  Earobics with Katy Pillar

Activities for Auditory Discrimination / Sequencing Skills
•  Repeat tunes on xylophone/piano •  Follow multiple directions •  Memory card games in a ladder or on a balance beam •  Bean bag drop on a balance beam •  Repeat sequences: motor (clap,clap,tap) or verbal (jump 3x, turn around 2x, and tap your head once) •  Earobics or listening lotto with 2+sounds

Integrating Olfactory and Vision
•  Smell and find the picture •  Look at the picture and seek the aroma •  Look at picture and describe smell (adds language component)

Integrating Olfactory and Tactile
•  Combine feely box ideas with aromas (ie: spray an orange scent/find the orange)

•  •  •  •  •  •  •  Weighted vests Neoprene vests and snuggle swing Cocoon sacks Hot dog rolling Steam rolling Back to back point and chase game Setting up obstacle courses

Vestibular Activities
•  Consider Listening Therapy •  Astronaut Program •  Swinging (caution: only for therapists who are trained to assess nystagmus) •  Get the semi-circular canals moving in all directions

Summary: Questions/Answers
For more questions: Nancy: Susan: Website:

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