Open mouth posture - low oral/motor tone * Arm flapping and finger flicking - attempt to stabilize his
shoulder girdle * Moving into people - seeking deep pressure input * Flicking finger to side - this behavior is sometimes used when a child is having difficulty with midline eye focusing * Throwing things down - motor planning - doesn't know what else to do with this item
ACTIVITY: EQUIPMENT: FREQUENCY:
Resistive Sucking to increase oral motor tone and promote midline eye focus Sports Water Bottle, Crazy Straw, Plastic Straw Constantly made available throughout the day
Proprioceptive input (sensations from joints, muscles and connective tissues that lead to body awareness) can be obtained by lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy objects, including one’s own weight. A child can also stimulate the proprioceptive sense by engaging in activities that push joints together like pushing something heavy or pull joints apart like hanging from monkey bars. Toddlers and Preschoolers Make a “burrito” or “sandwich.” Firmly press on your child’s arms legs and back with pillows or make a “burrito” by rolling her up in a blanket. Push and pull. She can push her own stroller, and a stronger child can push a stroller or cart filled with weighted objects such as groceries. Carry that weight. Your child can wear a backpack or fanny pack filled with toys (not too heavy!).
School-age Kids Jump! Have your child jump on a mini-trampoline or rebounder or play hopscotch. Push and pull. Have him vacuum, carry books from one room to another, help wash windows or a tabletop, and transfer wet laundry from the washing machine to the dryer. Teenagers and Adults Heavy lifting. Without straining, teens and adults can shovel snow or lift free weights. Push, pull, and carry. Rake leaves, push heavy objects like firewood in a wheelbarrow, do push-ups against the wall, wear a heavy knapsack (not too heavy!) or pull a luggage cart-style backpack, or mow the lawn with a push mower. Reassuring pressure. Get a firm massage, use a weighted vest or lap pad from a therapy catalog, or place light weights in the pockets of a fishing, athletic or regular type of vest. (Please see Raising a Sensory Smart Child for weighted wearable recommendations and precautions).
Vestibular input (the sense of movement, centered in the inner ear). Any type of movement will stimulate the vestibular receptors, but spinning, swinging, and hanging upside down provide the most intense, longest lasting input. If your child has vestibular (movement) sensitivities, please work closely with a sensory smart OT who can help you recognize and prevent signs of nervous system overload. Toddlers and Preschoolers
Swing. Encourage her to swing on playground swings, trying various types of swings and movements, such as front to back and side to side. Spin. Have him spin using a Sit n’ Spin, Dizzy Disc Jr., or office chair. Let her run in circles, and ride a carousel. Hold your child’s arm and spin in a circle as he lifts off the ground, or play airplane by holding one of his arms and the leg on the same side of his body as you spin in place (only if he does not have low muscle tone). School-age kids Get upside down. Have him hang upside down from playground equipment, do somersaults, or ride a loop-de-loop rollercoaster. Swing and roll. Encourage her to use playground swings and roll down a grassy or snowy hill (which good proprioceptive input as well). Spin. Encourage her to go on amusement park rides that spin, have a Dizzy Disc Jr.. Teenagers and Adults Swing and spin. Swing on a hammock, use playground swings or merry-go-round (you’re never too old!). Move that body! Do cartwheels, swim (doing flip turns and somersaults in the water), do jumping jacks, and dance.
). This includes both the skin covering your body and the skin lining the inside of your mouth. putting on a play or making a mini movie with a video camera. or dirt. lime. Encourage him to walk barefoot in the grass (avoiding pesticide applications). and pain. mix cookie dough and cake batter. Teenagers and Adults
. or even a toy for cautious exploration. Have him garden and repot indoor plants. hot taco with cold toppings. Use child-friendly modeling material such as Play-Doh. School-age kids Food and drink. sand. frozen fruit or vegetables) and mixed temperature foods (hot fudge sundae. texture. filling a bin with dry beans and rice or other materials and small toys. Let your child use the playground sandbox or create your own at home. and costumes.
Messy play with textures. Have her fingerpaint. temperature. Model Magic. and add sand for extra texture. stick. play with glitter glue. Play dress-ups. Encourage play with make-up. Dress up in fun costumes to get used to the feel of unfamiliar clothing. Dress up. Get in touch with nature. Cover and store the bin for future use. vibration. Let your child drink plain seltzer or carbonated mineral water to experience bubbles in her mouth (you can flavor it with a little juice or with lemon.The tactile sense detects light touch. Toddlers and Preschoolers Food and drink. etc. deep pressure. Oral tactile issues can contribute to picky eating and feeding difficulties. Provide your child with frozen foods (popsicles. Never force a child who is unwilling to touch “yucky” substances. face painting. etc. and Sculpey (the classic Play-Doh Fun Factory provides excellent proprioceptive input as well). Let him use a paintbrush. and so on.). Have her play with foamy soap or shaving cream.
alarms. Sculpt. and so on. and so on. while the music he finds so soothing may drive you up the wall. Try Sound Eaze and School Eaze CDs that desensitize children to everyday sounds such as flushing toilets. There are many recordings of rain falling. Get outside and listen. weave. etc. tabletop rocks-and-water fountain. Use sandpaper to smooth a woodworking project. Get a white noise machine. Provide your child with a musical instrument and encourage him to play and even take lessons. thunder. Encourage musicianship. Give him some control. You and your child sit very quietly and try to identify the sounds you hear (traffic. Keep in mind. bird songs. A child who seem unable to watch a ball as it rolls may be able to watch it if the ball lights up or makes noise as it moves. so this will take some experimentation. or aquarium. Encourage him to turn on the vacuum cleaner. help him pop the balloons after a birthday party. the hum of the refrigerator. Alternately. a child who has trouble getting aroused for play may be attracted by a brightly painted toy chest filled with toys in appealing colors. For a child with auditory sensitivity. that musical preference is highly idiosyncratic. The music you love may distress your child. focus. add brightly colored objects to encourage visual attention. If you hear birds singing. Think about ways you can simplify the visual field at home or school for a calming. Go to the beach or sit still and listen to the rain. try to identify what direction a given bird is calling from. keyboards. Play a listening game. Hide clutter in bins or boxes or behind curtains or doors—a simple. For example. Some children and adults find they sleep better if they play such music. Create a scrapbook (which involves lots of pasting and working with different textures). crochet or knit. Create pleasant sounds. sew. or creativity. In rooms where the
.Tactile hobbies. etc. focusing music. organizing effect. Listen to music specially engineered to promote calm. energy.) and where it’s coming from. and other sounds many kids find distressing.
Visual input can often be overstimulating for a child with sensory issues. and try using a potter’s wheel. barking dogs. Find calming. if the child seems “tuned out” and doesn’t respond easily to visual stimulation. In addition to various types of recorded and live music. ocean waves. Sometimes natural sound recordings also feature light instrumentation with flutes. thunder. Avoid excess visuals.
Auditory input refers to both what we hear and how we listen. here are some ways kids and adults can get calming and organizing auditory input. Make things out of clay. a door shutting. anticipating the noise. and is physiologically connected with the vestibular sense. of course. solid-color curtain hung over a bookshelf instantly reduces visual clutter. predicting and controlling sounds can be very helpful. Listen to natural sound recordings.
Seat him elsewhere. vanilla candles or essential oils in an aromatherapy machine at bedtime. Caution: Avoid lavender products for boys as several recent studies show a link with breast development in boys. emotional part of the brain. Avoid toys. Work with the teacher and an OT to see which seat placement works best. So if your child is upset by something being stinky. etc. Scent break. Help your child with to
. Smell stuff! Explore scents with your child to find ones that work best to meet your goal (to soothe him or to wake him up).
Olfactory input (sense of smell) comes through the nose and goes straight to the most primitive. Solid-colored walls in neutral or soft colors are less stimulating than patterned wallpaper in bold colors. the gum will taste like lemon. but vanilla and rose scents are generally calming. then hold a lemon under your nose. Play a smelling game with your child. or send him into sensory overload. Peppermint and citrus are usually alerting. chew some gum until the flavor is gone. You can use high-quality vanilla soap and bath oils at bath time. As an experiment. It’s probably best to avoid using these products for girls as well. Some children do best sitting in the back of the room so they can monitor what other kids are doing without constantly turning around. towels. If your child is overtired at the shopping mall and you know scents help. Let’s say your child needs help staying calm and loves vanilla.. in colors that your child find distressing. try to use solid colored rugs instead of patterned ones. flowers.
Taste input is perceived by our tongue but how we interpret or experience it is strongly influenced by our sense of smell. calm. clothes. Everyone has different preferences. He may also need to sit away from the window to avoid the allure of the outdoors. spices such as cinnamon. Scent play. and so on. Certain odors can stimulate. it’s no wonder. have her smell her favorite scent or stop into a store that sells candles and soaps. and vanilla body lotion. Have her close her eyes or wear a blindfold and try to identify smells such as citrus fruit.child spends a lot of time. Be color-sensitive. Have your child sit at the front of a classroom where there is less distraction.
and so on. vegetables. Before presenting new foods. Eat one at a time. or other strongflavored food. If your child does not have a strong negative reaction to refined sugar (becomes very “hyper” or sleepy). string beans or sugar snaps. and use strong tastes he enjoys to help arouse his sluggish system. Give him a sense of control: let him choose between chicken or fish. Activities must be individualized for each child and modified frequently to meet changing needs. or another healthier snack. and providing crunchy/chewy oral comfort snacks at handwriting time. If you wish to avoid sugar (and artificial color and flavor in most candies).broaden the tastes he tolerates or likes. you can play this game with slices of fruit. A separate program was worked out for this child with the school. Play a taste game. Add variety: have him play catch or toss toys into a basket while jumping. Fun arrangements such as some vegetable sticks and grape tomatoes placed in a smiley face pattern on a plate encourage kids to taste something new. created for a second grade child with sensory processing disorder. Children are more likely to taste something if they help make it. let the child have one peppermint. Let your child help you grow fruit. Let him help you arrange food on each plate so it looks nice. get an assortment of flavored jellybeans. and have her guess which flavor it is.
In the Morning
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Massage feet and back to help wake up Listen to recommended therapeutic listening CD Use vibrating toothbrush and/or vibrating hairbrush Eat crunchy cereal with fruit and some protein Spin on Dizzy Disc Jr. as directed Jump on mini-trampoline as directed
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Go to playground for at least 30 minutes Push grocery cart or stroller Spinning as directed Mini-trampoline. We’ve used the annoying term “as directed” to avoid providing a cookbook recipe. A so-called picky eater may be more willing to eat “rocks and trees” than meatballs and broccoli. Play with your food. potato or rice. Give strong-tasting foods before introducing new ones. and plan dinner and shop.
. Involve him in food preparation. including frequent movement breaks. sour gummy bear. break off vegetable tips and dump in water. Strong tastes can stimulate the mouth of an undersensitive child and make him more willing to try new foods.
Sample Sensory Diet
Here is a sample sensory diet. an inflatable seat cushion for wiggling while remaining seated. and herbs. Then let your child put the meat in the baking pan.
or chew gum before and/or during tabletop activities
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Help with cooking. painting projects.• • • •
Massage feet to “reorganize. mixing. etc. chopping.” wheelbarrow walk Do ball exercises as directed Listen to therapeutic listening CD Oral work — suck thick liquids through a straw. Help set table. make “body sandwiches. Warm bath with bubbles and calming essential oil Massage during reading time
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Tag Follow-the-Leader Obstacle Courses Red Light/Green Light Running Races
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Simon Says Obstacle Course "If You're Happy & You Know It"
Incorporate: Jumping Jacks Stretching Situps and Pullups Tumbling/Head Stands Balance Beam Standing on one leg Wheelbarrow Swinging/Bouncing
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Inside swings Trampoline Hang-bar Tire Swing Outside swings
. eat crunchy and chewy snacks. using two hands to carry and balance a tray Provide crunchy and chewy foods
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Family time: clay projects. etc.” use therapy putty.
hand gripper exercises. weighted vest or lap tray. leaning on upper extremities. silly putty Play catch with any ball
Incorporate those activities plus others listed in the box below into as many of your games as possible. crab walk) Ball and Bat Imitating Songs Hand Games Stilts/Roller Skates Jump Rope
CALMING ACTIVITIES 8:30AM Bath..• •
Outside trolley Exercise ball
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Nerf balls Gak. Deep Pressure. Be sure to work in a sensory activity at least every half hour. Brushing.g. floam. Deep Pressure 3:15PM Child's choice (e. Bed Sensory Diet and Environmental Modification Suggestions Classification and Activities Suggestions
Decreased discrimination of vestibular and proprioceptive information Desk work Sensory diet Active resistance:chair push-ups. Stories. Free Play. Finger-fidget
. theraband stretches.g. pocket push-ups. flubber. EVERY HALF HOUR AND ANYTIME Other Sensory Stimulation Everything on the other list plus:
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Smelling Scents Game Rubbing/Brushing (brush firmly and consistently--avoid stomach) Rolling Up In Blanket Crawling through a "caterpillar" (long tube of stretchy fabric) Dragging/Sliding Around Room Silly Walks (e. chair/body squeezes. Bath.. biking) 6:30PM Supper.
open area with unbreakable items for roughhouse play. wheelbarrow walks. “popcorn” activity in chair (popping up at different speeds or intervals).
School break time Sensory diet Play activities:donkey kicks. squeezes. and beanbag chairs. fidget balls. T stool. monkey bars. such as putting away dishes. trapezes. jumping and crashing on the bed. pushing another child on the swing. suspended bridges. sit-ups. and pencil aerobics. carrying laundry basket. ball. inflatable cushions. sweeping. Avoid chores with breakable items. outdoor swing set. wheelbarrow walking. push-ups. Vestibular input: sitting on a rocking chair. digging. moving furniture. Large. swings. firm family hugging. self-imposed body hugs. jumping. jumping on a trampoline. Seating options for linear motion: casters. playing on slides. pushing against the wall.activities: pinches. Environmental modifications Solid seat with armrests of correct height. dycem to stabilize objects on desk. mattresses. crab walking. chin-ups. stretches. jumping on a small trampoline. vacuuming.
. pushing/lifting heavy objects. gliders. hopping.
Chores Sensory diet Proprioceptive input:stirring. jumping jacks. leap frog. play with weighted balls. spider push-ups. play wrestling. seat walking while sitting on the floor with legs extended. pillows. shoveling. rubber band stretches.
Play Sensory diet Proprioceptive input:Roughhousing. bounce or rocking chair. heavy marching. Errands: carrying heavy books. raking. one or two slightly shortened legs of chair for rocking. theraputty. crawling under couch cushions. frequent position changes. sitting on a ball to watch TV. seesaws. ladders. mopping. tugof-war. Routine that provides these activities before class and throughout the day. doorway pushes. paper placement outlined with masking tape. rings. frequent breaks during the day. moving chairs. tilt-top desk. rolling/kneading dough. foot-to-foot bicycling with friend. playing in a body sock. peanut ball. pen walking. carrying.
celery. More time for note taking and fine motor activities. peer for note taking.g. textured papers. mirror for self-checking.
Environmental modification Breaks for sensory diet activities. milkshakes.g. pencils of different hardnesses. gelatin. hidden objects in sandbox. weighted. thick liquids requiring straw (e. fruit leather. stabilized meal items to prevent breakage. Self-checking during and after meals to ensure cleanliness. unbreakable dishes stabilized with a dycem. apples. felt-tip pens. tape recorder).
Snack and meals Sensory diet Environmental modifications Weighted spoons. carrots. Writing surface alternatives: blotters. pudding). writing alternatives (e. vibratory pens. smoothies.Snacks and meals Sensory diet Healthy.g. raised-line paper. oral tests. word processor.. nuts.. Sturdy chair with arms for meals. chewy foods (e. especially before fine motor activities. hook-and-loop fasteners.
School break time Sensory diet Discriminatory play activities:feely boxes. ballpoint pens..
Dressing Environmental modifications Self-checking while dressing and toileting. layers of paper.
. no grading on fine motor performance if area of weakness.
Decreased discrimination of tactile information Desk work Sensory diet Writing tool alternatives:grippers. beef jerky).
Lay out clothing in order. then alternating R-L-R-L and varying the rhythm (first use arms then legs). theraband to encourage pulling tasks while stabilizing with one arm and
. daily schedule.Somatodyspraxia Desk work Sensory diet Loops and Other Groups writing program (Benbow. auditory.
Environmental modification Grids and graph paper. visual.
Dressing Sensory diet Environmental modifications Tactile and proprioceptive play activities. and physical cues while teaching new play activities. visual. simple clothing with big fasteners.
Impaired bilateral motor coordination Desk work Sensory diet Chair push-ups performed bilaterally. simplified activities of daily living.
Play Sensory diet Environmental modifications Tactile and proprioceptive play activities. child verbalizes steps in a task.
Gym Sensory diet Environmental modifications Consult physical education teacher about child’s needs and continual activity modification to enhance motor planning. with labels for cuing and tabs to hold. Containers to organize items.
Organizational tasks Environmental modifications Simplified instructions. colored folders to organize subject matter. 1990). Simplified physical education activities. child verbalizes steps to complete task. and physical cues. auditory.
g. running and kicking). swimming and pool activities.
nbsp. active resistance activities. jump-jump-kick. erasing. basketball dribbling.moving with the other. weighted vest.
Play Sensory diet Clapping games while reciting jingles.g. Chinese jump rope games. Simplified games and gym activities. jump rope activities. index card with red LR to reinforce leftto-right progression.. finger fidgets and resistive hand activities (e. ball activities (e. two-hand grippers with child using different alternating patterns and rhythms to grip bilaterally. R-L-R-kick. as needed. L-R-L-kick).
Gym Sensory diet Environmental modifications Simple bilateral activities. kicking R-L-R.
Tactile defensiveness Desk work Sensory diet Deep pressure input (e. reinforced use of dominant hand. hopping. stamp or sticker to indicate dominant side.
. soccer dribbling. jump-kick-jump. jumping. alternating the speed and rhythm.g. galloping. and so forth. strategies for remembering right from left hands. skipping. Simplify sports activities to ensure successful performance. Environmental modifications Dycem to stabilize papers. bouncing and catching with L-R-L hands. cutting. finger fidget activities performed in alternating fashions. School break time Sensory diet Donkey kicks with alternating patterns (e. these activities to transition to another activity. games with clapping patterns using speed and rhythm. foot-to-foot bicycling.. hand grippers). march in place. lap tray)... variety of simple recess games. Simplified recess and play activities. backpack. dancing.g.
avoid touch to sensitive areas (e. weighted vest..g. sit-ups. use rubber bottoms on the chair and desk legs. carpet square). and room dividers. shut the classroom door. push-ups. abdomen).
Arts and crafts Sensory diet Environmental modifications Riding the bus Sensory diet Environmental modifications Backpack. 1994). designate spaces for circle time (e. Variety of tactile art media. blinders. crab walking). minimize other possible overwhelming environmental stimuli (use natural lighting. never force children to do more than they are ready to do. use firm touch and avoid light touch.
. hair. provide curtains. face. self-imposed deep touch and active resistance activities before gym class.. eliminate aromas in the classroom). Frequent breaks during the day.Environmental modifications
Separate space areas to prevent incidental touch by others. approach the child from the front and warn the child before touch.
School break time Sensory diet Play and break activities that provide resistance and heavy work input. neck. “How Does Your Engine Run?” program (Williams & Shellenberger.g. wheelbarrow walks.
Gym Sensory diet Regular calisthenics (e.. jumping jacks. Minimize touch contact with other children when engaged in physical education activities. Child has own seat. Glue stick instead of glue or paste. is first or last in line to board bus. or heavy jacket.g. and wears headphones to filter out extraneous sensory stimuli. use blotters on desks. paintbrush instead of finger paints.
flapping tongue. hand squeezes. Conditioner and detangler. different combs. using a chin-up bar. blowing balloons. sucking in cheeks.
Dressing Sensory diet Environmental modifications Deep touch pressure to limbs and torso before dressing. heavy blanket worn during haircuts. pursing lips and releasing. chewy and crunchy foods. Teach family members about the child’s sensory needs and the need to avoid unwanted touch.
Snack and meals Sensory diet Deep pressure techniques before meals:biting down hard on teeth and releasing. limbs. avoid becoming overheated. Experiment with different sponges. and scalp before hair care. thick liquids to drink with straw.
Bathing Sensory diet Environmental modifications Heavy rubdown before and after bath.g. rubber coated). determine whether overalls may be preferred to pants with a waistband. wash mitts. weighted. cloths. plastic. clicking tongue. explore different textures acceptable to the child and reinforce those textured foods for nutrient intake. wear socks inside out to avoid seams at the toes. Determine whether baggy. towel wrapped tightly after bath with heavy hugs. have child wash self. ensure that clothing is prewashed. rolling a large ball over the child to make a pizza..
Hair care Sensory diet Environmental modifications Deep pressure to torso. if tolerated. body hugs. playing tug-of-war. lotion applied firmly.Sensory diet
Deep pressure and resistance:rolling up with a blanket to make a hot dog or burrito. Experiment with different utensils (e. loose-fitting clothing is preferable. cut tight elastics for comfort.
. crawling into a stretchy pillow case. crawling under couch cushions. with labels and tags removed (clothing with minimal seams may be preferred).
do not push child beyond his or her limits. gum massage). supportive seat with arms that does not tip. water pick. allow child to always have two feet flat on the floor or allow the child to have
.Nail care Sensory diet Environmental modification Deep pressure and finger exercises before nail care. use of a washcloth initially. no roughhousing and TV before bedtime. sleep under couch cushions or pillows.
Gym Sensory diet Environmental modifications Active resistance and joint compression activities before class. heavy blanket. proper desk and chair fit. Firm. Prewashed soft sheets.
Sleep and bedtime routine Sensory diet Deep pressure hugs and slow rocking before bedtime.
Tooth care Sensory diet Deep pressure activities before brushing teeth (e. deep pressure techniques while in the dentist’s chair.
Environmental modifications Gravitational insecurity Desk work Sensory diet
Continual implementation of “grounding” input throughout the day via the use of active resistance and joint compression and teaching the child to implement the strategies. limit activity on movable or suspended equipment. weighted x-ray blanket worn while at the dentist. Soak nails before cutting.. use electric toothbrush. eating. Experiment with different toothbrushes. Limit number of children and space to increase sense of security.g. sleeping bag.
g. Stairs with railings or child holds onto someone when ascending or descending.
Snack and meals Sensory diet Environmental modification Thick liquids to drink with straw. Allow the child to be sedentary during recess. organize one-on-one play with a buddy. a calming routine before bedtime (e. no escalators and elevators. slow rocking). vest.
Recess Sensory diet Environmental modifications Child pushes another child on the swing or catches another child at bottom of slide. Child sits alone with headphones to minimize stimuli.
Sleep and bedtime routine Sensory diet Environmental modification Heavy. Solid. joint compression. scatter rugs). chewy and crunchy foods. deep breathing exercises)..
. weighted blankets or cushions to sleep under. slow rocking. active resistance activities. a “safe” environment with no items on the floor and no extraneous material (e.g. child wears a backpack on the bus.someone or something to hold. supportive chair that allows child’s feet to touch floor.
Riding the bus Sensory diet Routine of calming activities before the bus ride (e. or fanny pack. teach child to implement these strategies.. child holds jump rope for other children. heavy joint compression.g.
Mobility Sensory diet Environmental modifications Weighted backpack.. Bed mattress on the floor.
T-ball stand. tether ball. golf. Activities in which the child can experience success (e.g. make sure that any ride (swing.Mobility Environmental modifications
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. Your occupational therapist will create a “menu” of activities to do with your
. or developmental concerns in her evaluation.
If you child has symptoms of Sensory Integration Disorder your doctor may refer you to a trained occupational therapist for an evaluation. this is not a diet of only certain foods or certain calories.
The Sensory Diet
What on earth is a “sensory diet”? No. My phone was on silent so I misse.I got a call from Rebecca thanking me for the Christmas presents. She may use a standardized questionnaire to evaluate your child for sensory dysfunction. She may ask you questions about his behavior.
sensory integration disorder
. A sensory diet is a term used to describe sensory activities that are used to treat kids with Sensory Integration Disorder. eating habits..
jumping or skipping
Tactile activities.Tactile activities include any activities that involve the sense of touch. texture or temperature. She will have you perform these activities in a particular order to create a sensory “meal” or “snack”.Auditory activities include hearing and listening. Some visual activities might be:
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Stringing beads Matching games such as matching cards or matching words to cards Picture games.
. finding pictures in a picture book like the “eye spy” books
Smelling and tasting activities
Play a guessing game with scratch and sniff stickers. finger paint. Some auditory activities might include:
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Playing with instruments. processing what is seen with the eyes and interpreting visual input. such as imitating a rhythm with a drum or tambourine Playing listening games to see if your child can guess the sound Listening to music or songs
Visual activities.child. Proprioception activities. See if he can guess the smell without looking. Just like nutritional diets. or play dough Reading and touching textured books Tracing shapes on to your child’s back and letting him guess what shape
Auditory activities. Proprioception activities would include things like
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Pushing and pulling activities Squeezing toys or popping bubble wrap Wrapping your child in a “burrito” by rolling him up in a blanket
Vestibular activities. Your occupational therapist will create a plan of activities for you to do throughout the day.Visual activities involve making eye contact.Proprioception has to do with body awareness (being aware of where your body is positioned in relation to other parts of your body). Receptors in the muscles and joints help to coordinate movements even without vision. Vestibular activities include:
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Rocking in a rocking chair Swinging on a swing at the park Running. Some tactile activities are:
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Messy play such as playing with shaving cream. the sensory diet is designed for your child’s sensory needs.Vestibular input has to do with your sense of movement and balance that is processed in the inner ear.
Play a guessing game with foods your child likes to eat. Put two or three foods and have him try them blindfolded. For example if your child likes yogurt.8 (8 votes)
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By Din_C on 12/09/10 at 10:43 am There was a spell with my oldest son when I felt like this!
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