Sensory Home Program
These strategies require no special equipment, just your imagination and household items! All of these strategies can be used for increased sensory processing, self-regulation, calming, and attention.
- Have your child walk like an animal to weight bear through all four limbs for increased calming and self-regulation
- You can use any animal you can think of! Some examples are bears, turtles, cheetahs, elephants, or dogs! Have them make the animal sound for added fun!
- Create an obstacle course around your house with your child using whatever you have! Set up couch cushions on the floor to hop across, crawl under a table, do an animal walk, or jump over a pillow!
- Your child will get plenty of input by running, jumping, and will also work on their problem-solving skills.
- Have your child put their hands on the ground and hold their legs up off of the ground so they are able to walk on their hands. If your child has trouble holding themselves up, try holding closer to their knees or thighs. If this is too easy for your child, hold closer to their ankles. You can make this activity extra fun by making it into a race, seeing how far they can go, or by putting this activity into an obstacle course!
- This weight-bearing through their arms is a great way to get extra input.
- Spread a blanket flat onto the ground and have your child lay on one end of it. Then, roll them tightly up into the blanket, making sure it is a snug squeeze (but not too tight)! This gives them extra regulating pressure across their entire body to help them calm down.
- If you have a swing set available to you, swinging is a great way to get vestibular input with your child. Otherwise, two parents or adults can hold a child’s hands and swing them into the air.
Shaving Cream, Play Dough, or Finger Painting
- Decrease tactile sensitivity in your child by playing with anything messy, like shaving cream, play dough, or finger paint! This is a fun way to get exposure to different textures and consistencies. If this is too overwhelming at first, have them touch the material with a q-tip or utensil and work your way up to using a finger!
Listening to Music
- This can either be a calming or alerting strategy. To use it as a calming strategy, play slow, quiet music to help a child relax. To use it as an alerting strategy, play your child’s favorite song or an upbeat song to have a dance party to!
- Yoga is a great tool to work on body awareness and to help calm and regulate a child. See if your child is able to get into the pose and hold it for 5-10 seconds at a time. You can help them as needed, but let them try themselves first! This is a fun activity to do together! Some good links to different poses to try are below:
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