Ultimate Guide to Sensory Integration Activities

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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 hugeThank you!” to everyone who offered your ideas and suggestions!)

 Books and Activity Resources

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!)

Last but not least, for all of you Pinterest lovers, I found more sensory integration activities on . . .

 Pinterest Boards

Check out these great “sensory” boards by:

 

If you’re looking for therapy ideas for children on the spectrum, check out my friend Tabitha’s post: Ultimate Guide to Autism Home Therapy!

 

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46 Responses to Ultimate Guide to Sensory Integration Activities

  1. Thank you for thus post. We are just realizing that our youngest has some sensory issues. thwse resources really help.

  2. Jennifer Medina says:

    I am bookmarking this post so I can always find it! Thanks, Jennifer!

  3. Jami says:

    Tons of great resources…. I can’t wait to read through them.

  4. Cristi says:

    Thank you! Thank you! You’ve shared such an awesome collection of useful helps. I can’t wait to explore them all.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Jennifer, this has been an amazing journey, watching you grow and learn how to help your family…you inspire me and motivate me to be a better Mom!

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  8. This is a great list of resources, Jennifer! I’m sure it will bless many many mothers!

  9. Susan says:

    Good resource…. and fun for the kids….mom like them too….

  10. Thank you!! We’re just learning more how our 3yr old struggles with sensory issues (and speech as well) — this is incredibly helpful!

  11. Great list! I don’t struggle with such things but it’s great to know who I can turn to if I should need advice or encouragement… or when someone asks me! Lots of great resources you’ve provided!

    You are a great example of what a strong woman looks like. Thank you for being my friend… and always being there for me! Love you! Hope to be able to hug your waist… hehehe… just kidding… your neck in Nashville {2013}!!!

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  13. Jennifer says:

    This is a wonderful collection! I will be coming back again and looking through more of the links.

  14. Joan Brennan says:

    Thank you very much, Jennifer, for including above here our general blog link to “Help for Struggling Readers” and that of our article entitled “More Resources for Sensory Readers & Learners” @ http://helpforstrugglingreaders.blogspot.com/2012/06/more-resources-for-sensory-readers.html . It is certainly a privilege to be included in your “Ultimate Guide to Sensory Integration Activities.”

    Many thanks for all you do to help homeschooling and special needs families. Please continue your good work!

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  16. Carol S. says:

    This is truly a wonderful collection of resources. I’m definitely going to keep this list and refer to it in the future. Great to keep on hand for other parents who are looking for available help as well.

  17. Vincent Clark says:

    Hi Jennifer, This is a great list and I will link to it for Jenny. Please check out Jenny’
    s SPD Connection website
    . It has a wealth of good information, and many articles, links, and products and parent contributions recommended by Jenny. Unique products by Jenny Clark include, two DVDs, Two Books, A complete resource kit for the sensory classroom, and a weigh cool bracelet that Jenny invented. I have recently updated the entire website to make it W3c compliant with html5. Check out the new print feature that allows you to print just the content on standard paper without special formatting efforts.
    Regards,
    Vincent Clark

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  23. Sharla says:

    Thank you for all the time you took to compile so many resources into one space. Four of our kids have SPD and I try to incorporate as many sensory activities as I can. Every week we have a sensory bin and I try to gear my units around how I can best incorporate sensory activities into them. Yesterday, my kids had the opportunity to “model” for the new innovaid.ca website (sensory items such as weighted blankets, vests, toys, etc.) and they were in Heaven trying out all the new stuff! It’s funny because neurotypical kids probably wouldn’t enjoy it at all and they were totally loving every minute of it!!!

    I’ve pinned this for future reference…thanks again!

    • You’re welcome, Sharla! Thank you for the kind words, and thanks for pinning!

      I’m sure my daughter would LOVE modeling for those products too. That sounds like so much fun! I need to do more sensory bins and similar activities for my daughter. I love that you plan units around sensory activities! You rock!

  24. Kori Ellis says:

    Thanks for this post. I have one daughter with sensory issues, and I love that I can have all these amazing resources in one place.

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  28. Susann says:

    I am learning about this in terms of my two smallest kids!! Soooo glad I remember you did this list!! My brain is on over load- but it’s helping us understand our kids sooo much better!! Who knew?

    :)

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  34. Angela says:

    Wow! Thank you for the amazing ideas! I need this for a few kiddos and am so happy to have found such a wonderful list!

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  37. candice says:

    I have some questions on how to get someone with SPD to be involved with an object. His young & has low curiosity, independent play & imitation skills.

    • Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment, Candice! Unfortunately, I am not a therapist myself, so I don’t have the answer to your question. I have published it in hopes that someone else can help you with it when they visit this list. Have you checked out any of the resources listed here? Perhaps one of them has the answer you need.

  38. Joye Newman says:

    Thank you so much for including our book, Growing an In-Sync Child in your Ultimate Guide to Sensory Integration Activities. I wonder if you’re familiar with its sequel, In-Sync Activity Cards, which provide 60 additional activities to develop and enhance sensory, perceptual and visual motor skills.

    If it’s not too much trouble, could you please correct the spelling of my first name on your blog? It’s JOYE, no “c.” No biggie.

    When you have a chance, please visit our Facebook page, “Growing an In-Sync Child,” and my website, http://www.insyncchild.com.

    Again, thank you for including us and for all the good work you do.

    Warmly,

    Joye Newman, Director
    Kids Moving Company
    5424 Roosevelt Street
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    301-656-1543
    http://www.kidsmovingco.com
    http://www.insyncchild.com
    kmc@kidsmovingco.com

    Try some In-Sync activities from “Growing an In-Sync Child” and its sequel, “In-Sync Activity Cards,” by Joye and co-author Carol Kranowitz.

    In-Sync Activity Cards is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

    Watch for “Leap into Learning: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum,” to be published by Gryphon House, Spring 2015.

    • Thank you so much for visiting my site, Joye! I am sorry I didn’t catch the mistake in your name earlier. It has been corrected. Yes, I am aware of the sequel! I reviewed it on my site, and I have added the link to my “ultimate guide.” Thank you for the additional information and for everything you do for families of kids with sensory integration issues.

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