Why Sensory Play is Important

Was speaking to a woman with Asperger’s the other day, who mentioned that smells can be a big trigger for her.

I guess that shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did… I always think of sights and (especially) sounds as potential triggers for my son; it never occurred to me that smells could be just as important.

Amanda Roth Morin of About.com has some more information on sensory play and how it can help kids on the spectrum and off.

Some people, when they think of sensory play, immediately picture sand and water tables or kids playing with clay and playdough. But sensory play isn’t all about touch, it’s also about the other senses, too.

 

For instance, the sharp scent of vinegar involved in a science experiment or the colors of water during a color mixing experiment or the texture and smells of scratch and sniff painting are all part of appealing to your child’s senses.

via Why Sensory Play is Important.

7 Great Ideas for Sensory-Friendly Play

Came across this list on Facebook… some pretty good suggestions…

Kids who are “sensory seekers,” like Kim H.’s son, sometimes wind up “really banging or crashing into you or things” to get the stimulation their bodies crave. Circle of Moms member Ashley K. suggests the “kid sandwich” as a fun, safe, and amusing way to meet that need for more sensory input to calm their bodies. She says to use two couch cushions to sandwich your child, then “gently push on the top cushion [to] give that weighted feeling” your child needs. Other moms recommend weighted blankets, but point out that they are expensive.

via 7 Great Ideas for Sensory-Friendly Play – Circle of Moms.

We have a (admittedly overpriced – it was a gift) beanbag chair from the SUMO Lounge line that serves very well for making child tacos and hot dogs. And we love our mini-trampoline to death.

Actually, the mini-trampoline and oversized beanbag are an outstanding combination. I trust you can imagine why.