Sensory Time

Sensory activities are used to calm or arouse a child's nervous system. By providing a 'diet' of activities, the child reaches the optimal level of awareness that will allow him or her to engage appropriately. Also, it is important that children are taught what activities they need to help them self-regulate.

Some children require activities that are active: swinging, bouncing on a rubber ball or trampoline, rocking chair or rocking horse, jumping up and down, balancing on a balance board.

Other children need music, light stimulation toys, fidget toys with different textures, or a bucket of water and water toys to play with. Often a box of different types of fabrics, or items with a variety of textures, such as brushes, foam, plasticene, or playdough provide the sensory input that is needed. A bucket of rice with little toys hidden inside will allow some stimulation, as well as much needed play time.

Just be cautious of any small items, and types of textures that a child may want to put in his mouth. For children who do like to chew, there are items that are called "Chew-elry" that serve the need. Sometimes, to make these look age appropriate, they fit on the ends of pencils or pens. After all, it is very common for us to chew on the end of a pen!

Some links to sites that sell toys that meet the sensory needs of kids are: Please check out their policies for returns. These are not

USA: Toys for Autism  |
Ireland: Big Elf Toys
Canada: Special Needs ToysInformation on Sensory Integration from Autism.ca

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