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
- Non-Aerobic exercise incorporating stretching and strengthening
- 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.