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5 Tips for a Successful Sensory Diet

5 Tips for a Successful Sensory Diet from Your Therapy Source Inc

So you have created a sensory diet for a child and now it is time to carry it out.  Here are 5 recommendations to help ensure a successful sensory diet:

  1.  Educate, educate, educate.  One of our main jobs as pediatric therapists is to educate children, parents and teachers.  Make sure everyone understands why you are suggesting these specific sensory diet activities and how each one will help.
  2. Offer a child centered approach to establishing a child’s sensory preferences and dislikes. Help children to develop their own coping strategies along with the child’s parents, therapists and teachers.  Need help with this?  Check out Sensory Mini Books and Charts at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/minisensory.html
  3. Make it a part of the child’s everyday routine.  Use activities that can be easily infused into the child’s regular day.  For example, going on a trampoline in the middle of math class may not be feasible but bouncing gently on a therapy ball may work!
  4. Suggest just right challenges.  Make the activities achievable and challenging all at the same time.
  5. Collect data.  I know this one sounds boring but once the sensory diet is implemented collect data.  What suggestions are working?  What activities are not successful?  A sensory diet is not a static prescription.  It is constantly changing based on the child’s need and environment.  Try the The Scale of Sensory Strategies (S.O.S.S.) Tool Kit™ to collect data during sensory trials.  Find out more at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/soss.html

What is your favorite tip to encourage a successful sensory diet?

Cut and Paste Sensory Diet from Your Therapy Source Inc

Cut and Paste Sensory Diet
By: Your Therapy Source

Summary: Download of the materials to create 2 sensory diet books, one for home and one for school with over 150 picture word cards.  Find out more at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/sensorydiet.html