Individual Sensory Needs Ideas for parents to try with their kids at home

We have here a weighted vest, this is use a lot of the times in the classroom with occupational therapists, but there's no reason why you can't make one for home as well. We put small packets of beanbags in this test, which makes it a little bit heavier for that added proprioception input to the child's body.

They can wear this in the morning, a little excited or anxious about maybe transitioning to school or getting on the bus, or when you know something's difficult for the child and you know that pressure or deep pressure helps calm them, then you can put this on them. You can use fun materials whatever their favorite characters are or their favorite colors.

Indoor swings may be used to provide linear movement, which helps a child's vestibular sensory processing. This swing as I have explained that the child can land individually or with pillows and blankets for added deep pressure, swinging provides a fluid movement to the body systems and establishes a calming sense for a majority of children. 15 minute sessions on the swing a few times a day can become a soothing to children. It is okay for the child to sit in the swing and do other activities, if they are comfortable in this homemade cocoon. You can do fun activities in this swing such as reading a book, and even homework using a lap board. Sometimes this movement and relaxing environment can help a child focus on their homework.

Take note:

  • You must follow all safety instructions in securing an indoor swing support bar and attaching equipment.
  • Never leave a child unattended.
  • Consider using helmets floor mats and clear the surrounding area,
  • you must use appropriate spotting and safety techniques,
  • please read and follow all the manufacturer's instructions,
  • these demonstrations are provided by a trained therapist.

Sensory fidgets have many uses, they motivate kids who are tactile defensive to experiment with different textures, their textures range from slimy, soft, and squishy. You can put baby powder on them to change their texture or put them into tubs of rice and beans for the child to get multiple sensations at once that are for hand strengthening.

Blowing bubbles is a good oral motor exercise, squeeze tube is also good for tactile dimension children who don't want to get their hands wet.

Therapy sand is also a great medium for working on finger and hand strength. It can also be used in a bucket, or a deep table to work the entire upper extremity and abdomen, children get quite creative with sand, and it can also provide tactile input.

A wiggle seat is also a great for kids to sit on while working on the tabletop activity.

Beanbags that are different textures also help for children to feel their different sizes and weights. 

Beanbags are also great to use for strengthening, bilateral hand coordination, attention to task, problem solving, organizational games, and visual perception.

Another activity is finger painting. When doing this activity make sure you use non toxic paint so they're safe for your child.

Painting with paint brushes is also a great fine motor and visual motor activity.
This helps with fine motor skills as the child paints in different strokes with the brush, and holds it with the functional graphs.