How to Create a Great Sensory Space at Home

 

 

A sensory room or corner is simply a safe and quiet place/space in your home for your child to go when they either need a break or need to self-regulate. This gives them a designated safe space collect themselves and work on self-regulating their behaviors.

 

Create a space that is safe and calming to your child:  You want to create a space that is not overly stimulating.  Work with your child to design a space they feel comfortable going to and include items that make their body feel safe and calm.

 

1. This can include:

-a whole room

-a tent

-fort

-simple corner within the bedroom or playroom.

 

2. Visually, it is best to have calming colors, low lighting, dim lamps or even string lights.

3.  Include comfortable seating like:

-large pillows

-bean bag chairs

-a crash mat

-a stuffed animal or blanket

-weighted lap pads

-blankets or vests

 

4.  If your child enjoys vestibular input, a hanging swing, a small trampoline or physioball is a good addition.

 

5.  To increase proprioceptive input you can:

-add in a tunnel for crawling

-use sensory break cards with exercises such as bear walks and wall push ups

-use a weighted ball or laundry basket to push and pull

-or other heavy work ideas

 

6.  Calming auditory input can include noise cancelling headphones or even soft, classical music.

 

7.  Chewy or crunchy snacks or chew rings/necklaces can create organizing oral input.

 

8.  Create a sensory calm down bottle as a timers, (i.e. when all the glitter settles, they can get up) or even a sensory bin (rice or bean bins, or water beads with small fidgets to find).

 

 

These are just a few items to get your calm down space started. If you feel your child needs occupational therapy, please call our office at 980-237-3132 or email office@acttherapyservices.com.  We can discuss additional recommended products and items based on your child’s sensory preferences.

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