QUESTION: Equipment for Home-Based Sensory Diets?

QUESTION:

I service a lot of children (birth through preschool) at home where there is limited space and equipment. Many of your cards show activities using large equipment such as a ball pit, platform swings, etc. Do you have suggestions or additional cards that could be made up for home based therapy? 

GWEN’S ANSWER:

We will work on getting some more cards added that are applicable for home-based therapy. For now, here are some easy sensory diet equipment substitutions that work for babies and young children in the home environment:

* Large play ball from Walmart, about $3, instead of therapy ball
* Couch cushion on floor instead of beanbag for crashing play and also instead of mini-trampoline
* A throw blanket instead of a small mat for “Tortilla Time” (or an inexpensive yoga mat works well too, about $12 at Walmart)
* Obstacle courses can easily be made with couch pillows, side tables, blankets, and dining tables and chairs
* Instead of platform swing activities, I use the therapy ball to get prone vestibular input.

If you have any favorite home-based sensory activities using items easily found in homes, please let me know! We can turn your ideas into picture cards for you.

Best Wishes,
Gwen