A sensory diet is a group of physical activities that are personalized and scheduled into a child’s day to assist with attention, arousal and adaptive responses. The activities are personally tailored for the child and provide sensory input to stay focused and organized throughout the day.

Proprioceptive/Heavy Work Activities:

Activities that require work from large muscle groups with resistance provide good proprioceptive input, which is usually calming organizing.

  • Use of weighted vest, ankle weights or a weighted backpack while performing activities (*weighted items should be used for a maximum of 15-20 minutes at a time, so as not to diminish its effects)
  • Modify activities to promote reaching, stretching, bending or crawling
  • Provide activities that require pushing, pulling, carrying, lifting
  • Allow for standing and movement during daily activities
  • Incorporate the following into activities: hop, jump, skip, roll, crawl, march, squeeze, stomp, clap, push, pull
  • Provide opportunities to play on playground/jungle gym equipment
  • Trampoline
  • Non-Aerobic exercise incorporating stretching and strengthening
  • Theraputty/Playdoh

Tactile Activities:

  • Various art activities with items such as pudding, rice, pasta, sand
  • Reach for objects in the sand, rice, pasta, water, beans
  • Playing in whipped cream, shaving cream pudding, jello, cooked and raw pasta
  • Snuggling with blankets and pillows
  • Playing ‘beauty shop’ – taking turns brushing and styling hair
  • Washcloth stimulation – alternate with hot and cold washcloths

Deep Pressure Activities

  • Deep massage with lotion or powder
  • Wrapping in blankets or towels
  • Squishing between mats, pillows, under therapy ball
  • Big hugs
  • Wrapping or covering self with bean bag chairs

The above lists of activities are for general information only. If you have specific concerns, please contact our office to discuss.