35 Sensory Activities to Help Students with SPD

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This excellent SPD resource of 35 sensory activities includes creative activities and DIY projects to aid students with sensory processing disorders both at home and in the classroom.

“Sensory perceptions can be hard to change or even to be aware [of] if your child struggles with the way that their brain processes the information in the world around them.

In the KAB team we have a Physical Therapist and a former school teacher… these are tips that we have used in our practices, homes, and classrooms to help our kids, both those with sensory processing disorders as well as our other children, to live more full lives.

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How To Create a SPD Friendly Home

Create a ball pit with a large drum and plastic balls.  You will need hundreds of them, but we promise your kids will love hanging out in their ball cubby.

Help your kids to recognize their whole bodies with core development. Standing on a stacked exercise ball is a great way to develop both balance awareness and core strength. Use an inner tube and a larger ball.

Weighted lap belts (you can also use them across the shoulders) help a fidgety kid sit more still as their legs are receiving mental stimulation through the pressure. It can help improve your child’s attention span.

Get your kids outside!  Enjoying the outdoors – and getting stimulation from nature has proven to have a calming effect on kids. Help your kids by creating backyard playspaces to help them have fun safely.

Crash pad. This is a great safe place for your kids to jump, crash or chill. Don’t want to buy one? Consider making your own Giant crash pillow with giant foam blocks inside of it.

Help your kids control their own fears.  Make a bottle of Monster spray. Mix water with some drops of essential oil – pick one that can help alleviate anxiety.

ProTips and Hacks for Sensory Kids

Blow bubbles – for kids who need to work harder to form words with their mouths, blowing bubbles can be a way to help them gain lip and breath control so they will be better able to form words.

Your kids can have full-body stimulation and the ‘wrapped close’ feeling with layers of hammocks. Under the hammocks are tumbling mats, making this a great play room.

There are a number of essential oils that can help improve moods and attention span.  You can add several drops of the oil  – like lavender to a leather bracelet for your kids to wear all day at school.

Sitting on a disc that is not flat, kind of like a ball, is a super easy and discreet way to help your child[ren] be ‘active’ even while sitting for long periods of time (like at school). Their core will be active even as they sit.

You can use balls to help provide pressure relief to your kids.  Putting gentle pressure on the joints can help reset the neurons.  Roll a ball on your child[ren] as they are laying down.

Give your kids some background music to help the kids who need extra auditory stimulation to focus.”

To find out more sensory activities to benefit students with SPD, read the article here.

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