Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sensory Room Ideas

It's very difficult to tell through a website or post what should or shouldn't go into a sensory room because all kids are different. With my SPD child we have a hard time dealing with things like climbing and throwing things as hard as he can. He's constantly running back and crashing into things. So are some suggestions that you might be able to use depending on your child and their needs.

  • Bean bag
  • Exercise balls
  • Christmas lights
  • Toy tunnels
  • Small trampoline
  • Ball pit made out of a blow up or hard kid swimming pool or a jumpolene filled with pillows, balls, newspaper, ect.
  • Rugs of various texture
  • Foam interlocking mats
  • Different color bedroom light
  • Moon chair
  • A floor piano they can step on
  • Activity boards on the walls
  • Putting the mattress on the floor
  • A bar that can be mounted in a doorway for them to hang on that can hold their weight and at their height that they won't bash their head into
  • Sensory swing
  • Sit n' spin
  • Vibrating massagers
  • Small plastic toy structure
  • Cardboard box for them to hide in
  • Bouncy Horse
  • Beaded curtain
  • Various types of lamps
  • Glow in the dark stickers
  • Chalk paint for the lower half of their room
  • Weighted blanket or stuffed toys
  • Aqua Doodle
  • Hammering toys
  • A small cd player
  • A quiet noise machine
  • Black out curtains
  • Replace florescent lights with ones that aren't
  • Get a light with a light dimmer
  • Bopping Bag
  • Resting mats that you can put up against the wall
Some words of caution. Climbing can be a huge danger as can ropes and windows. Make sure your child is safe. If there is a possibility of running into furniture such as a dresser, bed posts, bed frame, toy box that are hard that you might consider moving these to a safer location and anchoring them down. Due to climbing issues we had to put his dresser and toy bins in the closet to keep him safe and they're anchored in the wall so he doesn't tip it on himself.

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