Sensory Diet Activities

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Sensory Diet Activities

Postby Dana » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:30 am

This is my son's SI diet, and I just thought I'd share. It took a long time to customize and is a part of his daily routine. These are only ideas and may not be for every kid as each has different needs. I hope it may help some :D Dana

BILATERAL

Play do - roll, squash, pinch, cut
Musical instruments - cymbals, keyboard, triangle, maracas
Rolling pin - play do, cookie dough, bread dough
Fold towels or napkins
Computer - keyboard or mouse
Stencils
Nuts and bolts, keys
Swim
Bicyclae, tricycle
Toss bean bag or beanie baby into bucket, basket of hula hoop on floor
Tap, catch, hit ball or balloon
Clap, tap, dance to music or rhymes

CALMING

Suck hard cangy, popsicle
Slow rocking, slow swinging
Blanket swing
Swaddle in blanket, large pillows
Sandwich between sofa cushions, apply gentle pressure
Sit in tent, or drape blanket over table to make own tent
Hugs
Back rub
Art project done in silence
Fuit snack

FINE MOTOR

Squeeze glue
Scissors - cut along straight lines, curves, zig zags, shapes
Use paint, crayon, pencil, chalk, markers - use a variety of shapes and sizes
Pegboard
Geoboard
Lace cards
String beads, noodles, cheerios
Flashlight play (on wall, ceiling, self)
Puzzles
Clothespins - hang socks, towels, Barbie clothes, mail; also write each letter of childs name on a clothespin, then write their name on a rectangle cut out of a cereal box, have themmatch the letter of each clothespin to their name, works great for number to quantity, color labeling, upper to lower abc matching.....
Cover a piece of styrofoam with felt, let child push in thumbtacks and then let remove
Fold paper
Crumble paper
Open various containers
Computer mouse/keyboard
Paintbrush
Eyedropper or baster to move water from one container to another
Fill one container with beads, have child use a spoon to transfer beads from the full container to an empty container, let them pick up any roll aways
Pick up with clothespin/tweezer/tongs - pom poms, small koosh balls, cotton balls, beads
Stack coins, cards, buttons
Pick up coins, marbles, beads, beans
Nuts and bolts
Roll pencil between finger and thumb
Put on and remove rubber bands from around containers
Sharpen pencil
Paper clip on paper
Paper clip chain Magna Doodle
Stapler
Hole punch
Wall push outs (like a standing push up)
Whellbarrow walk

MOTOR PLANNING

Crawl under table, bench
(person) through tunnels
Climb
Hang from monkey bars
Move to music or ryhme
Obstacle course
Walk in empty shoe boxes lined up on floor
Walk on mark (use colored paper or tin foil squares, or wakl on a line made with a jump rope or ribbon or chalk outdoors)
Hopscotch
Open doors
Follow the leader
Moon shoes

ORAL

Straws - suck or blow, blow bubbles in water, blow a drop of food coloring in an empty pie tin, blow cotton balls
Bubbles
Whistles, horns, party blowers, harmonica

ORGANIZING

Pull a wagon
Pull a heavy load - tie a rope through laundry basket, load basket with books, weights
Handstand
Hang upside down
Chewy snack
Climb ladder
Move furniture
Carry books, water gallon, laundry soap jug
Fidget toys
Trapeze bar
Thera putty
Monkey bars
Read on a soft pile of pillows and blankets

PROPRIOCEPTIVE

Carry loads
Push/pull load - use strooler, wagon, laundry basket
Kick ball
Hugs
Wear a backpack with books in it
Open doors
Rilp paper
Pour - use a pitcher to transfer beans from one container to another
Tug o War
Catch
Horsey rides
Wrestle - no tickling
Roll large ball over childs body while they are laying on the floor or bed
Stretching - pull on their legs and arms gently but firmly

TACTILE

Let child rub self with lotion, rag, sponge
Water play - bucket or large bowl, scoops, tub toys and squirters, laundry detergent caps make great cups
Play in shaving cream, draw shapes, letters, numbers, objects, let child rub shaving crean on themselves as well (remove shirt, let child rub on belly BE SURE THEY INITIATE THIS)
Finger paint - can also add shaving cream, salt, glitter, cornstarch
Make goo - 1 cup water to 1/2 cup cornstarch
Sensory box - fill a Rubbermaid tub with corn kernels, beans, rice, salt, feathers or popcorn add some toys and scoops
Whistles and horns
Blow bubbles, clap to pop, point at to pop, feel the mixture as it accumulates on table
Touch textures - sand, gravel, egg yolks, mud, dirt, leaves, get out and explore
Pillow sandwich - pillow on floor, then child, top with pillow, apply a little pressure
Swaddle in blanket
Back rub
Texture board
Pop bubble wrap
Sand paper - cut out letters, shapes then feel and explore
Tin foil - cut, crumble, smooth out
Pet dog or cat

VESTIBULAR

Roll in blanket then carefully unroll
Roll on grass, carpet, snow
Sit 'n Spin
Spin in sled - throw a pillow in a round sled, lay child on back, spin 10 times in 1 direction then 10 in the other
Trampoline
Walk on grass, gravel, snow, mud
Sit on ball
Run
Spring horse
Swing
Slide
Bike

VISUAL

Draw in textures - mud, sand, shaving cream, salt, cornstarch
Chalk on black paper
Mazes
Dot to dot
Cut
Blocks, legos, lincoln logs
Stencils
Tongs
Flashlight


Dana

B Grandma C

DANA

Postby B Grandma C » Sat Jun 18, 2005 10:58 pm

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE GREAT IDEAS. I'M SURE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF NEW ONES TO TRY WITH ALL OF THESE :D !

LOVE,

GRANDMA C

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Postby Dana » Mon Jun 20, 2005 8:10 am

Grandma C,

Your Welcome :D

Dana

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Postby Guest » Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:16 am

Dana,

Thank you so much for the list. We are really struggling in this area. I spent the weekend looking through an "abilitations" catalogue trying to decide what supplies to buy (on a limited budget of course). I may try to make some things myself.

Thanks again for the suggestions. I printed your list for future reference.
Just a Mom

olifia

hi

Postby olifia » Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:44 am

thank you so much!

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Postby Another Mom of Twin Girls » Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:58 pm

Dana, you are the best and soooo thoughtful!! Thank you! Kim

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Postby Dana » Tue Jun 21, 2005 10:07 am

Just a mom, Olifia and Kim,

You welcome :D I love sensory and love talking about it, so I am just so glad if my son's list may help another :wink:

Dana

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Postby Dana » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:14 pm

Just wanted to bring this around again....hope it helps :wink:
Dana

Chrissy-

Postby Chrissy- » Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:53 pm

Dana,
This is great. Thanks.
Now I don't have to muddle through my "Out of Sync Child" Sensory book that's been sitting there! :D

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Postby Dana » Tue Aug 22, 2006 6:55 pm

Every year I give a copy of this to everyone involved with my son at the begining of the school year, teacher, aide, OT, speech therapist.....thought I would bumpt this up again since it is "that time of year" again.
Dana

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Postby Grandma C » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:53 pm

DANA - Thanks for posting this again!!!!!! To all of our new people, Dana is the "Queen of Sensory Issues" on this board!!!!

Thanks for all of your help,

Grandma C

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Postby 2boys2 » Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:28 pm

just adding this to my list so bumping it up to add to email thanks aghain dana you should have a degree for all your knowledge.
Lisalynn
keeping hope and faith through it all.

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Postby 2boys2 » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:51 pm

bump
Lisalynn

keeping hope and faith through it all.

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Postby Dana » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:55 pm

Thanks Lisalynn :oops: I LOVE sensory!!!
Dana

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Postby Mom26children » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:05 pm

Dana,
Please check out this website...I help with the Saturday workshops and we do much of the same sensory activities you are using....

http://www.edb.utexas.edu/utap/smi/

There are children with Autism that come so overloaded with sensory issues and by the time they leave the workshop, the parent's cannot believe their children are reacting so quickly.

Jeanette

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Postby Mom26children » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:13 pm

Also wanted to add that we use items that can be found around the house to use at each sensory station.
The parent's leave with a list of activities and the explanations of each of the activities.

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Re: Sensory Diet Activities

Postby Dana » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:47 pm

Yay! I'm so happy to have found this list, I was needing it to assist families. So I figured while I was printing this, I might as well bump it back into action in case someone is looking for ideas.
Dana


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