Does your child seem to seek out an extreme amount of input or avoid typical play or necessary daily care? There is a chance that your child would benefit from a sensory diet. But what is a sensory diet and how can that help my kid you ask?
What is a sensory diet:
A sensory diet provides children with sensory processing difficulties the ability to have their unique sensory needs met through activities that provide input in one or more areas of proprioceptive, vestibular, visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile input. A sensory diet should be tailored to your child’s needs and should be incorporated into your daily schedule.
Every child is different, and it may take some time and trial-and-error to find that just right sensory diet, including the correct amount of sensory input that also fits into your child and family’s routine.
Benefits of a sensory diet include…
- Ability to engage in self care routines (dressing, brushing teeth, showering, self feeding/eating).
- Engaging others in play activities.
- Decreased sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors.
- Increased frustration tolerance.