Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder with a Sensory Diet
So what do you include in a travel sensory diet bag?
- Bungee cord or Exercise band. These can be used by arms or legs while sitting or standing.
- 1 pound wrist weight: This is an important addition to a travel sensory bag. The weight provides proprioceptive input as the child carries the bag. Sometimes, just carrying the tote bag can be enough to regulate sensory needs.
- Other ideas include wearing the weight on the wrist, ankle, placed on the lap, or draped over shoulders.
- Use the weight of the bag as input: While seated, hang the loop of the handles over a knee for weight down through the calf and into the foot. Switch legs after a while.
- Hang the bag on one shoulder, then the other.
- Hold the loops of the bag by the hand as if carrying a suitcase. Switch hands often.
- Hold the loops of the bag by individual fingers.
- Clothes pins for pinching and providing proprioception to hands. Add a few clothes pins to the tote bag and have your child pinch them onto the exercise band.
- Hand Gripper
- Squeeze Ball
- a few pop beads
- Rubber band fidget toy
- Sugar free hard candy
- Sugar Free gum
- Eat dried fruit, bagel pieces, popcorn, pretzles, or raisins
(take the paper out for less noise!)
- “Chew Toy
” or Chew Necklace
- Small bottle of scented lotion.
- Fidget with sensory koosh balls.
- Pipe cleaners twisted together make a great fidget toy.
- Beaded Keychain Friends
- Small Scrub Brush
(The pictured brush is used in the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. An Occupational Therapist should train you in this treatment
- Baby wipe to wipe the face, arms, hands to “wake up” the skin.
- Hang the head and arms down between the legs to touch the floor.
- Arm windmills
- Twisting walks: Twist at the waist as the child walks.
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