Category Archives: Sensory Tools

Top Posts from 2016

I love looking back on the past year and seeing what the top posts are.  Over this year, I have written a lot! I’ve shared my heart with you and my hope is that it has helped your own journey as a parent.  It’s a scary thing to do, but this list shows me that it’s needed.  Those places I’ve shared that I haven’t wanted to, have been some of my more popular posts.

The posts below are the top 10 most popular posts from 2016, from least to most:

10.  Some days are magical…parenting a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.

9.  7 Christmas Wishes Wishes from a Sensory Mom
8.  When You Long for Normal

7.  A Parent’s Guide to your First OT Visit for Sensory Processing Disorder.

6. 5 Sensory Mom Resolutions.

5.  When OT  isn’t working.

4.  10 Things Parenting a child with Sensory Processing Disorder has Taught me.   

3.  Dear Friends & Family who don’t know my child has Sensory Processing Disorder…

2.  Dealing with Anger and Aggression

1.  Dear Special Needs Mom who feels heartbroken…


Thank you for reading all these amazing posts this year, wishing you all the best in 2017!

 

Sensory Toys: Oral and Auditory

It can be really overwhelming trying to decide what you should be to help your child meet their sensory needs at home.  It seems like there are never ending products.  Today is our Oral and Auditory day in our series, The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home!

How to use this guide:
This guide has convenient affiliate links throughout and although I do not earn a profit from this blog, I do have expenses for this blog.  A very small percent of your purchase helps cover my expenses (Thank You!)

Pricing guide:
Under $50.00 = $
$50-$100.00 = $$
Over $100.00 = $$$

The corresponding sensory systems impacted are also listed.  I am not an Occupational Therapist and you should consultant with your own Occupational Therapist for direct advice.

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Chewelry
This was one of the first sensory products that we purchased, it was a great option to teach a more appropriate option to chewing on everything.
Sensory System:  Oral
Price:  $

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Camelback Water Bottles
I have to be honest with this one, we have a love/hate relationship with this bottle.  The downside is that I have to keep buying new bite valves because they get holes in quickly.

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Noise Cancelling Headphones
These are a must have!  They do not cancel out 100% of the noise.
Sensory System:  Auditory
Price: $

More Recommendations:
Straws for everything!  Any drink, blowing cotton balls, blowing paint!
Musical instruments that require blowing:  whistles, harmonica, kazoo.
Volume control headphones.

Our entire Series from The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home:
Sensory Toys: Swinging and Hanging
Sensory Toys: Bouncing and Balancing
Sensory Toys: Deep Pressure Proprioception
Sensory Toys: Fidgets
Sensory Toys: Oral and Auditory

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Sensory Toys: Fidgets

It can be really overwhelming trying to decide what you should be to help your child meet their sensory needs at home.  It seems like there are never ending products.  Today is our fidget day in our series, The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home!

How to use this guide:
This guide has convenient affiliate links throughout and although I do not earn a profit from this blog, I do have expenses for this blog.  A very small percent of your purchase helps cover my expenses (Thank You!)

Pricing guide:
Under $50.00 = $
$50-$100.00 = $$
Over $100.00 = $$$

The corresponding sensory systems impacted are also listed.  I am not an Occupational Therapist and you should consultant with your own Occupational Therapist for direct advice.

Before, we get started with fidgets today, I want to warn you that most fidgets that we have bought end up breaking and rather quickly.  Because of that, a lot of the typical fidget products that you may find I can not recommend.

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Stretchy Bracelet
One of Miss S’s favorites for school!
 
Price:  $

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Pull and Stretch Ball
Sensory System:  Proprioceptive
Price:  $

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Liquid Motion Bubbler
Sensory System:  Visual
Price:  $

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Pom Pom Ball
Sensory System:  Tactile
Price:  $

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Spiky Slap Bracelet
Sensory System:  Tactile
Price: $

Our entire Series from The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home:
Sensory Toys: Swinging and Hanging
Sensory Toys: Bouncing and Balancing
Sensory Toys: Deep Pressure Proprioception
Sensory Toys: Fidgets
Sensory Toys: Oral and Auditory

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Sensory Toys: Deep Pressure Proprioception

It can be really overwhelming trying to decide what you should be to help your child meet their sensory needs at home.  It seems like there are never ending products.  Today is our Deep Pressure otherwise known as Proprioception day today in our series, The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home!

How to use this guide:
This guide has convenient affiliate links throughout and although I do not earn a profit from this blog, I do have expenses for this blog.  A very small percent of your purchase helps cover my expenses (Thank You!)

Pricing guide:
Under $50.00 = $
$50-$100.00 = $$
Over $100.00 = $$$

The corresponding sensory systems impacted are also listed.  I am not an Occupational Therapist and you should consultant with your own Occupational Therapist for direct advice.

Weighted Leap Pad
Weighted Lap Pad
This is one of our favorite tools for helping during homework time and during meals.
Sensory System:  Proprioception
Price: $

Cozy Canoe
Cozy Canoe
This is the perfect spot for snuggling in to watch TV while getting some deep pressure.
Sensory System:  Proprioception
Price:  $$

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Body Sox
Miss S loves this!  She asks for it.
Sensory System:  Proprioception
Price: $

Weighted Blanket
Weighted Blanket
It is recommended to weigh only 5-10% of body weight.   For example, if your child weighs 50 pounds you should buy a 2.5-5 pound blanket.
Sensory System:  Proprioceptive
Price:  $$$

More ideas:
A really good hug from Mom and Dad.
Snuggling with Mom and Dad.
Wrestling
Lycra bed sheets.
Resistance bands.

Our entire Series from The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home:
Sensory Toys: Swinging and Hanging
Sensory Toys: Bouncing and Balancing
Sensory Toys: Deep Pressure Proprioception
Sensory Toys: Fidgets
Sensory Toys: Oral and Auditory
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Sensory Toys: Bouncing and Balancing

It can be really overwhelming trying to decide what you should be to help your child meet their sensory needs at home.  It seems like there are never ending products.  Today is our Vestibular day today in our series which means all things bouncing and balancing, The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home!

How to use this guide:
This guide has convenient affiliate links throughout and although I do not earn a profit from this blog, I do have expenses for this blog.  A very small percent of your purchase helps cover my expenses (Thank You!)

Pricing guide:
Under $50.00 = $
$50-$100.00 = $$
Over $100.00 = $$$

The corresponding sensory systems impacted are also listed.  I am not an Occupational Therapist and you should consultant with your own Occupational Therapist for direct advice.
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Trampolines
Trampolines of all sizes are great for sensory seekers.  There are a lot of options available to meet your space availability and budget. **Hint the spring free trampolines are quieter!**
Sensory System:  Vestibular
Price: $-$$$
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Balance Rocks
Great for adding to an obstacle course!
Sensory System:  Vestibular
Price: $$

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Bosu
Miss Sensory loves this for bouncing on and balance work.
Sensory System:  Vestibular
Price: $$

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Foam Pogo Jumper
A super safe and fun way to strength core muscles!
Sensory System:  Vestibular
Price: $

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Balance Board
Parenting Magazine Tested and promotes hours of fun and gross motor development!
Sensory System:  Vestibular
Price: $

More Ideas:
Jumping rope
Dancing, Marching, Running
Large Yoga Ball
Scooter Boards

Our entire Series from The Ultimate Guide Sensory Toys for Home:
Sensory Toys: Swinging and Hanging
Sensory Toys: Bouncing and Balancing
Sensory Toys: Deep Pressure Proprioception
Sensory Toys: Fidgets
Sensory Toys: Oral and Auditory
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