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Sensory Equipment for Home [Pediatric Occupational Therapy]

December 07, 2018 by Kinetic Kids, Inc.

Sensory Equipment for Home! [Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Sensory Therapy, Pediatric Speech Therapy, Sensory Processing Disorder, SPD, Autism, Special Needs]

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Your child may use a variety of sensory equipment at their weekly therapy appointment, at school, or in their community.  Sometimes it can be hard to decide which equipment is most appropriate for home, what is worth purchasing, or what you could do instead of purchasing some of the equipment to allow your child to meet their sensory needs. 

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There are many options for all budgets. 

Although sometimes it isn’t even about how much the equipment costs, but how easy it is to obtain, and how it could fit in a home environment.  In addition, it may be difficult to remember what exactly a ‘sensory toy ‘ or sensory equipment item may be to purchase when you are out and about shopping. 

Keeping the equipment in one space is helpful for you and your child; that way you can direct them to their “sensory space” when they are demonstrating sensory discomfort, dysregulation, or high/low level of arousal.  Below are 15 ideas for therapy equipment that is easier obtainable or able to be made are listed below:

1.       Mini Trampolines


2.       Pushing a weighted ball through a tunnel


3.       Christmas lights for visual input


4.       Lava Lamps


5.       Putty, Playdough, and Slime


6.       Backpacks filled with some weight for deep pressure while wearing

7.       Slides


8.       Swings or a large sheet to swing your child in


9.       Rocking Horse


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10.   Bubble Wrap


11.   Sand, beans, shaving cream, dry oatmeal to place in containers for sensory bins

12.   Musical toys


13.   Scooters


14.   Exercise Ball


15.   Bean bag chairs for safe crashing


Do you need some great ideas on getting your child to focus?

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  • keep one’s hands busy, and 
  • allows children to better focus while completing an activity.

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