Sensory Diet

Sensory Feast: Crafting the Perfect Sensory Diet for Your ASD Child

Hello, fabulous mums of the Aspie Whisperer crew! Today, we’re diving into the world of sensory diets – no, it’s not about eating your greens (though that’s important too!), but about balancing sensory stimulation for our ASD kiddos. Let’s whip up a sensory feast that keeps them feeling just right!

What’s on the Menu? Understanding Sensory Diets

A sensory diet is like a personalized menu of activities that provides the right sensory input to help your child stay focused, calm, and happy. It’s about finding that sweet spot between too much and too little stimulation, like the perfect blend of spices in a gourmet dish.

Appetizers: Starting with Sensory Play

Kick off the sensory diet with some appetizing sensory play. Think squishy playdough, soothing water beads, or a vibrant light table. It’s like the entrée to a sensory banquet, awakening their senses and setting the tone for the day.

Main Course: Balancing Act of Activities

The main course of the sensory diet is a balanced mix of activities that provide different types of sensory input. From swinging on a hammock (vestibular input) to jumping on a trampoline (proprioceptive input), it’s about serving up a variety of experiences that cater to your child’s sensory needs.

Side Dishes: Adding Variety to the Mix

Just like side dishes add flavor to a meal, incorporating different textures, sounds, and visual stimuli throughout the day can enhance the sensory diet. Soft blankets, gentle music, and colorful visual timers can be the perfect accompaniments to the main activities.

Dessert: Winding Down with Calming Activities

No sensory feast is complete without a delightful dessert – calming activities to wind down. This could be a relaxing bubble bath, a gentle massage, or some quiet time with a favorite book. It’s the sweet ending that helps them transition to a restful state.

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