Sensory Diet Activities – 200+ Activities Based on The Sensory Checklist
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A sensory diet is a carefully designed set of sensory activities created by an occupational therapist to support an individual’s sensory needs and help with sensory processing challenges.
In other words, it’s a prescription for individualized sensory activities based on your child’s needs in the same way a medical doctor would prescribe medication.
I know it’s not possible for everyone to access a pediatric occupational therapist
or them to evaluate and work with your child to develop a sensory diet.
This guide and checklist do not replace the work of an OT. But, parents can use this checklist at home to get a better picture of their child’s sensory profile and then match them with activities that may be helpful.
This may be beneficial if your child has sensory processing disorder or frequently experiences sensory overload.
Types of Sensory Issues in Children
An estimated 1 in 6 children experiences sensory issues with at least one of the sensory systems. This doesn’t mean that they all have a sensory processing disorder, but problems with sensory integration can be quite common in childhood.
Plus, 98% of children with autism have sensory issues. It’s one of the hallmark symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
There are four types of sensory issues that children can experience
- Sensory Modulation – The brain either over-responds or under-responds to information
- Discrimination and Perception – the brain struggles to interpret sensory information or giving meaning to the information
- Vestibular Bilateral Functional Problems – Problems related specifically to the vestibular system and coordinating the two sides of the body
- Praxis Problems – Praxis means how the body plans and executes motor movements that it has not done before