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Sensory integration activities are a part of our daily lives. Without a sensory diet, my child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) can’t function properly. I direct her to appropriate activities, and now that she’s older, she often asks for what she needs. Because this is our reality, I have spent time looking for great resources to help me change up the activities we do at home. In addition to what I’ve found myself, I enlisted the help of some of my online friends to make this a truly great resource. (A huge “Thank you!” to everyone who offered your ideas and suggestions!)
Books and Activity Resources
- The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
- The Out of Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Kranowitz
- Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself by Lynda Farrington Wilson
- Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions that Build Success by Jennifer Veenendall
- Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? (Dealing with Sensory Overload) by Jennifer Veenendall
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske
- Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman
- 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk
- Sensory Bins by Sharla Kostelyk
- In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow! by Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz
Blogs & Websites
- Sensory Processing Disorder. This website has an overview of the types of activities used in sensory integration as well as lists of ideas for activities in each category (tactile, heavy work, oral, etc.) and help with creating a home sensory diet for your child.
- Feingold Association of the United States. This explains how changing your child’s diet may help with some of the symptoms he/she experiences. (Some people have found that this helped their child. Others saw no difference. Consult your child’s doctor to determine what is best for your child.)
- Sensorize: Toys, Strategies, Therapies, Support, and Advice for Parents. This website has an explanation of what sensory integration is and offers suggestions for play, especially outside play, that will help with sensory integration.
- SPD Foundation. The home of SPD Foundation, there are lots of resources here, including a blog with great articles about various aspects of raising a child with SPD.
- More Resources for Sensory Readers & Learners is found on the Help for Struggling Readers blog. This post has a great list of resources to use in teaching a child with sensory integration issues.
- Sensory Activities and Resources from the blog We Can Do All Things is one mom’s favorite activities and resources for her daughter with Down’s Syndrome.
- Making Our First Sensory Tubs: Rainbow Rice, Fuzzies, and Dice, from the blog Our School at Home is a great step-by-step post that shows you exactly how to make a sensory tub for your child. (Use whatever you have on hand and go for it!)
- Having Sensory Integration Disorder and Being Mom is a post from Raising Arrows that explains how it feels to be the mom with SPD. Her techniques for coping are good for adults and children alike.
- Sand Turtle Sensory Bin from Ashi’s Gift Blog is a great idea for making a sensory tub your child can crawl into! There are lots of other great therapy ideas for kids with SPD there too. Take time to visit and look around.
- Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places eBook is available from Angie at Many Little Blessings. For a reasonable price, you can download this eBook full of great ideas for kids of all ages. (Sensory integration is critical for all children and is often developed through play, so this book of activities is great whether your child has SPD or not!)
- 10 Sensory Integration Activities for Your Homeschool Day is a post I wrote specifically for homeschool families who need easy ideas for implementing a sensory diet while getting lessons done!
- Sensory Activities for Children is a page at Creative with Kids that has a menu of articles to choose from! Each one has specific activities you can easily do with your child.
- Sensorimotor Classroom Suggestions is a list of practical suggestions for the classroom, but many of them will work at home too!
- 40 Ways to Do Sensory Play at make, do & friend is a list of sensory integration activities you can do with things you (probably) already have at home!
- This Roll Some Brain Breaks Freebie would be ideal for older students who need breaks during assignments to get refocused.
- The Ultimate List: Home Educating with Sensory Integration Issues at Cottage Thoughts is a good resource to help those who homeschool navigate the issues involved in setting up home education for a child with SPD.
- Need an idea fast? 99 Sensory Activities for Any Child is an easy-t0-scan list of activities to do with whatever you have on hand.
- These Sensory Integration Activities from Just Play NYC include activities for motor planning.
- Creative with Kids has a Printable Kids Sensory Activities List.
- Therapy Putty Recipe. The mom who recommended this site said to add more cornstarch for firmer putty and less cornstarch for runnier putty. Decide on your texture and go!
- Sensory Modulation and Sensory Integration Activities for Home and School. This article focuses on “stimulating” activities in the tactile, proprioceptive, and motor planning areas.
- Sensory Integration Activities from OT Mom Learning Activities is a good resource with pictures to illustrate the types of activities she lists.
- Sensory Diet Activities from SensorySmarts.com explains how to create a sensory diet, possible activities appropriate for toddlers through adults, and an example of a sensory diet.
- Sensory Strategies includes a menu of “alerting” activities and one of “calming” activities, which you can choose depending on your child’s needs.
- Calming Activities for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has some activities I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere.
- 10 FREE Brain Gym Exercises (download). These can be done almost anywhere. Visit the Brain Gym website for more information.
- Calming Activities for Sensory Processing Disorder at Sensory Processing Disorder Made Simple has a great list of activities. I especially like the heavy work activities for the jaw.
- Activities for Sensory Processing Disorder has games to play with your children that also help with sensory integration.
Last but not least, for all of you Pinterest lovers, I found more sensory integration activities on . . .
Check out these great “sensory” boards by:
- Denise Bornodaro
- Sheila Shea
- Angie Stringer
- Stephanie Bigham
- Virginia Chronakis
- Debbie Stietenroth
- The Sensory Spectrum
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