-brushing varied brushes, textures, drawing with chalk on the body, and erasing with varied textures
-swinging- toddler, sling, platform, hammock, inner tube, trapeze
-rough and tumble play- play wrestling
TECHNIQUES TO OPTIMIZE LEVEL OF AROUSAL
-slow rocking, rocking chair, lap, sitting, prone
There are so many ways to help your child with his Sensory Processing Disorder that can be fun!
Get plastic containers large enough to let a child play in it and filled them up with things like pasta, rice, oatmeal, beans, etc. In each container, keep some plastic spoons and plastic measuring cups for scooping and playing. Be Careful it can be messy!
Its so much fun to squeeze the paint in our fingers and be messy!! Paint a picture together, just you and your child. It's best to purchase paints that are washable.
Play with clay or Play-Doh. Let your child squish and squeeze and cover his hands.... take out rolling pin, cookie cutters ect. (see how to make play dough below)
Let your child play in a backyard pool, public pool, let him take a container of water outside to play with or you could let your child help you wash your pets/car or do the dishes with you.
Give your child a gentle massage. Massage your child's head run your fingers through there hair if he has trouble getting his hair brushed or washed. Tickle your child's face, back or legs. Use creams/lotions and gels with different scents to no scents. Purchase feathers or a few brushes that feel different in textures that your child likes. My child for example like to be touches with one of those cooking brushes made of silicone to rub over her skin.
Master List of "Heavy Work" -Organizing Proprioceptive Input
The following are ideas of activities complied by OT's. The activities may be used at school or at home. It's
not a sensory diet but contains many oracticle activitiesthat can be incorporated to either the home or school
setting, or both.
1 "Hot dog" game, where the child lies across the end of a blanket and is rolled (ends up in rolled up blanket)
2 Carry heavy items (baskets with cardboard blocks, groceries with Mom, bag for teacher, etc.)
3 Climbing activities (such as playground equitment)
4 Swing from a trapeze bar
5 Tug of war
6 Push against a wall
7 Scooter board to and from a designated location (sit and lie on stomache use arms to propel)
8 Pull a heavy trash can
9 Mop the floor and help out Mom or the Janitor
10 Push and pull boxes with a few books in them
11 Pillow cases with a few stuffed animals (for weight) and drag and pull them up a ramp, incline or stairs
12 Place chairs at the desks at the end of the day, or take down at the beginning of the day
13 Erase and wash the chalkboard
14 Carry bean bags on head or shoulders and walk across a room, weighted vests, belts, wrist weights
15 Move chairs or equitment across the room
16 Use theraband or tubing attached to a door and let it snap (supervision required)
17 Take cushions off of the sofas, vaccum under them and put them back. can also climb on them, hide under,
jump in them and play sandwich games with them
18 Push furnature around the house, room to room, reaarange bedroom furniture
19 Pull other children around on a sheet or blanket
20 Push teacher around on a wheeled chair or scooter board
21 Pull someone while they sit on a scooter board holding HULA HOOP
22 Rollar skate uphill
23 Pull yourself up a ramp on a scooter board
24 Walk up a ramp or incline or climbing activities
25 Yard work, including mowing the lawn, raking grass or leaves, pushing wheelbarrow
26 House work incuding vaccuming and mopping, carrying the bucket of water to clean with or water plants
27 Shovel sand into the wheelbarrow, wheel the wheelbarrow to the spot, dump out sand and rake it flat and smooth
28 Pull a friend or heavy items in a wagon
29 Push a friend in a wheelbarrow
30 Play wrestling, pushing game where two people face each other and hold hands and push (rules, no biting, no hitting,
or scratching) when one says stop the game must end right away
31 Open doors for people
32 Fill milk crates with books at home or in class back and forth
33 Chewy candy breaks, this eliminates chewing gum, there are lots of candy that takes longer to chew.
34 Squeeze toys, ones that do not make noise as that is disturbing to classroom
35 Chew on fishtank tubing
36 Milkshake rewards through a thin straw
37 Help teacher move mats and hang them up, or mommy at home
38 Sharpen pencils with a manual sharpener
39 Cut out items for classroom displays
40 Have student carry books in back pack from class to class or to the office (not to heavy)
41 Have student carry books in back pack from class to class or to the office (not to heavy) maybe a fannie pack
42 Suck apple sauce through a straw
43 Tie therabrand around the fron of a chair and have child kick into it
44 Scrub rough surfaces with a brush
45 Wood projects with sanding and hammering
46 Wheelbarrow walks, tug of war, log roll races in a smaller group
47 Work with the librarian to push the book cart at school through library and halls
48 Chair push ups
49 Carrying heavy cushions
50 Falling into bean bag chair or crash mat
51 Jumping and rolling games
52 Pillow fights
53 Slowly roll ball over the child and apply pressure
54 Bounce on a hippity hop ball
55 Sandwich games, between bean bag chairs, matresses, cushions with light pressure on top layer
56 Play catch with a heavy ball, bounce and roll the heavy ball
57 Push weighted boxes across the carpet
58 Animal walks, crab walk, bear walk, army crawl
59 Playing in sandbox with damp heavier sand
60 Have the child push chairs into table after meal or at school
61 Push a cart filled with cans and have child unload cans to a bottom shelf on knees position
62 Have the child color and draw a rainbow on a large piece of paper on the floor
63 Have the child play with cars under the table, have them push the car in one hand and weight in the other
64 Have child put things away, or pass out items in classroom and at home to family members
65 After a bath squeeze the child and rub them with the towel
66 Use heavy quilts at night or weighted blankets and tight flannel pj's
67 Play row row row your boat sitting on the floor rowing aginst each other
68 Rice play, koosh balls, water play, jello play and putty
69 Two adults swing the child in a sheet
70 Push lunch cart and carry lunches around to the cafeteria
71 Staple paper to bulletin boards
72 Wash table, desks or counter tops
73 If there is a garden project at school have them dig, or at home too
74 Play with medicine balls (provided by gym teachers)
75 Mini trampoline
76 Run around track at school or house at home
77 Swimming, have child dive for weighted sticks in the pool
80 Sports activities involving running and jumping
81 Bath the dog
82 Wash the car
83 Carry the laundry basket
84 Sweep mop and wash the floors
85 Stack chairs
86 Jump or climb in inner tubes
87 Bounce a big ball up a hill
88 Fill up big toy trucks with heavy blocks, push with both hands and knock blocks down and over
89 Fill up child's suitcase with books and have them push it around the house
90 Fill up child's suitcase with books and have them pul it around the house
91 Go grocery shopping with the child's cart and have them tote it around the store
92 Have the child change sheets on the bed and toos dirty linens down the stairs
93 Have them push heavier ball across room (weighted large balls can be bought)
94 Go camping with heavy blanket and 4 chairs and have them set up and take down the blanket
95 Push square plastic nesting boxes with bean bags and small balls to and from the gym at school
(have them dump them out and pick them up again)
96 Have them sit in bean bag chairs for reading time or doing work or homework. Changing positions
to have consistent pressure imput. Definitley helpful for several students
97 Push a wheeled therapy stool while someone sits on it. If too heavy the person in stool can help
walk it around for student
98 Have kids pull themselves by a long jump ropewhile the other child is pulling themselves on a
scooter board with there legs crossed and off of the floor. You can also have the other child
pulling themselves as the other child holds the rope
99 Bounce a large while having student count down from 100
100 Before starting school work have the child pinch, roll or pull putty, Play with balloon filled
with flour, Give child firm pressure on shoulders, playground play, hanging from a bar, running
up stairs, wrap bandage around there forearms, Wear a tight watch.
101 Two children play tug of war with theraband (supservison only so they do not snap each other)
102 Use bubblepack as part of a obstacle course, child can jump and run on it, They love the noise
103 Tape a heavy phone book to the bottom of the child's seat, The teacher can have them move the
seat to different areas of class for different activities or at home. Push against classroom and
104 Isometric excersise breaks
Cloud Dough Recipe
What do you need to make Cloud Dough?
-8 cups of Flour
-1 cup of baby oil
How do you make Cloud Dough?
Mix the flour and baby oil together with your hands in a large container until the dough holds together when squeezed. It could take 3-5 minutes of mixing
Home Made Flubber
1 1/2 cups warm water
1.In one container mix 1 1/2 cups warm water, white glue and a few drops of food coloring.
Home Made Moon Sand
4 cups sand
2 cups corn flour
1 cup of water
Home Made Finger Paint
What do you need to make finger paints?
How do you make finger paints?
Add 2 T of sugar into a sauce pan.
Add 1/3 cup of flour to the saucepan as well
Mix with 2 cups of water and whisk until smooth. Turn on the heat and stir continually until the mixture thickens
Pour into your plastic cups equally. You'll one cup for every color of paint you'd like to make.
Mix in a couple drops of food coloring and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool completely
Homemade Bath Crayons
Buy some glycerin soap at a craft store. Melt it in the microwave, add food coloring, and pour into a mold. I used an ice cube tray. You can also add essential oils if you go for scents, though I find that a bit unnecessary for bath crayons. Takes about an hour to cool completely, then pop out of the mold and you have crayons!
Rainbow Shaving Cream Bath Paints
What you'll need:
foaming shaving cream - I got the stuff for sensitive skin
container - I used a silicone muffin pan and it was beyond perfect
How to make it:
1. squirt some foaming shaving cream in each of the 6 compartments of your muffin tin
2. add food colouring to each one to make whatever colours you want - I did rainbow colours. Mix them up well.
3. give to your kiddo in the tub and let them have a blast!
Baked Cotton Balls
what you need
1 cup flour
1 cup water
food coloring (optional)
what you do
1. combine and mix the flour and water
I added a little extra water because it was pretty thick
2. Pour mixture into separate bowls (if you're going to make different colors)
3. Add food coloring OR use as is. (you can paint them after they are baked)
4. Dip your cotton balls into the mixture. Fully coat them and then place on a greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 45 minutes-an hour at 300 degrees
You can also make them touch on the cookie sheet and they'll bake together to form whatever shape you arranged them in!
Whip Cream Paints
Use whipped cream to make an edible paint for your kids. They can get very messy and its safe, even for babies
What do you need to make it?
1 cup whipped cream (the whip-your-own kind that comes in a carton)
How do you make it?
Put 1 cup of whipped cream in a mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer. Add food coloring until you have the desired color. Paint and have fun!
Playing In A Pool Of Flour
Shared By a Parent: I went to the grocery store and bought a 20lb bag of all purpose flour. Dumped it into a plastic,blow up kiddie pool and let the boys at it. Easier to clean up then sand and the boys loved the feel of it!!
Halloween sensory bag
I made this bag of "water balls" for my spd kiddo. We have played with them in plastic shoe box totes, but this time I threw them in a bag. Traveling, waiting rooms, grocery store. I've taken it everywhere. Big help!!! Thought I'd share our! sucess!!! Jessica Hogue
Playing In Jello
This is Ally she is four...loves to swing. She could probably swing all day
Baby oil and blue water sensory bag
Coloring with ice
Edible pudding paint
Sensory Activity Table
Here is our very simple obstacle course. The hop scotch was a gift but I think it came from cvs or somewhere like that. We also have a hoola hoop and nap mat for other "tricks". Or instead of hop scotch we might do animal walks (even just a few big hops).
My Ian getting on the swing....his favorite!
Here is a picture of my son, Nicholas, last summer. He received Crayola's Sidewalk Paint for his 4th birthday and after a long afternoon of using the paintbrush and the roller outside I got him to actually finger paint on the sidewalk. It was such a huge step for him because he hated getting his hands dirty and didn't like the feeling of anything sticky or mushy on his hands. He still doesn't like his hands dirty and washes them often but he's much better about not freaking out about it, now he just washes often and needs to have baby wipes available when we are not home. It's a therapy tool I would have never thought of or tried with him. I'm so happy he got that as a gift for his birthday last year.