November 28, 2014

The Sensory Diet Handout

untitledA child with sensory issues, such as sensory processing disorder, needs sensory activities throughout his/her day that will calm, alert and arouse him/her as needed, thus leading to a more focused, productive and stress-free environment. These activities should be chosen with the child’s interests in mind and should be regularly scheduled for optimal stability. Carried out at home, the activities will create a sensory diet, a family-centered form of sensory integration. As the primary caregiver, you will play a key role in the development and enactment of the sensory diet. Though your child’s occupational and physical therapists will also play an important part—particularly in the formation of the
sensory diet—you should understand the basis of a sensory diet and how varying activities can help your child.

Click Here to view a handout developed by occupational therapists for helping families learn  more about a sensory diet!

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