This Sensory Chew Necklace is perfect for both girls and boys and who doesn’t love Lego blocks?! A few years ago, I had a student who had a sensory need to be chewing on things. Chewy Q’s, P’s, & T’s would get thrown on the ground or lost, so the student’s mom sent her in with some chewelry. Mind. Blown. At the time, I didn’t even know this was a thing! After this, I bought a few different types and goodness did we love them.
Theraputty is probably one of my favorite sensory items for students who need some kind of fidget or something to “work” with their hands. I purchased this set years ago off Amazon and I still use them today in ABA therapy! Each color is a different “difficulty” – some being super easy to handle and then other colors get more difficult for your students with stronger fine motor skills. Throw a few wooden beads inside the putty to give students a little extra something in the putty. (My students would have to get out all of the beads, which can be hard with the more difficult putty!)
Sensory Brushes are a great option for students who are sensory seeking and enjoy things like deep pressure and joint compressions. These can help with focus, self-control, among many other things. I had a few students who really enjoyed brushing and helped them calm their bodies. However if a student doesn’t like it, don’t use these on them!
I love a good Body Sock for those kiddos who need extra proprioceptive and deep pressure input. One of my former students used to wrap himself in our body sock and lay down and look at books to help calm himself. This body sock is very reasonably priced!
A Weighted Vest is another great option for students who need deep pressure to help calm them and self-regulate their bodies. Weighted vests are always a great option for overwhelming environments such as assemblies, the lunch room, etc. Always be sure to check with your OT before using a weighted vest to be sure you are using the correct weight for your student!
Is it taking it too far if I says that Kinetic Sand is life changing? Yes? Ok. Well – I love kinetic sand. I don’t mind play-doh, but honestly that stuff gets under your nails and in the carpet and it kind of drives me crazy. My students LOVED when I’d bring out the kinetic sand. I use this often now in ABA therapy in between work tasks to give my clients a little sensory break. This bag is sure to last you a while too!
Fidget Pop Tubes are just a fun, cheap fidget that ALL of my students really enjoyed. This definitely isn’t something to be used in the middle of a work session (they make some noise!) but is great for a break time in between tasks!
I could go on about different sensory tools for days. There are so many fun options out there! Is there something I missed on this list that you LOVE to use in your classroom? Let me know in the comments, I am always looking for more resources and ideas to use with my clients!
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