Sensory Integration At Home
Sensory integration is a process of the brain that allows us to take in information we receive from our 5 senses and organize and respond to it accordingly. Another aspect of our senses is our vestibular (balance) and proprioceptive (spacial/body awareness).
Some children have difficulties with motor skills, balance as well as hand-eye coordination. Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration activities can help regulate sensory processing imbalances.
Read on for 5 Fun Sensory Integration Ideas to do at home:
This is a great activity that supports proprioceptive senses and helps improve motor functioning and strength. Have your child bounce for a few minutes at home - it's great way to release extra energy or raise energy for those who are feeling low.
We like to put marbles in Thera-putty and let our kiddos find and pull them out! It's a great game that encourages fine motor skills, dexterity and problem solving.
Sit and spins or merry-go-rounds are great activities for vestibular senses. It helps develop core strength, spacial awareness and balance.
4. Sensory Siesta
Have a corner of the room dedicated for sensory input or sensory breaks depending on your child's needs. A beanbag chair and comfy pillows are always great!
5. Guess that Smell
Have your child cover their eyes or use a blindfold to guess different smells: peanut butter, oranges, and essential oils are great to use!