Have you ever wondered what it takes to put together a sensory room? Our son has Sensory Modulation Disorder, also known as Sensory Processing Disorder, and he seeks sensory sometimes and other times he gets overwhelmed by sensory stimulation. We incorporate sensory breaks as an essential part of our day. When you’re on a budget, like us, you need to know how to make a sensory room on a budget. I used to think that the creation of a sensory room required a lot of money, but you can do many simple things to create a sensory friendly environment on a tight budget!
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Give bear hugs. That tight squeeze helps with the need for deep pressure.
Make a ball pit out of a swimming pool and a bunch of multi-colored balls
Allow your child to choose what color he/she wears
Use sunglasses with good quality
Play games like flashlight tag, I Spy, etc., to develop visual skills
Decrease visual overload by only leaving out 5-10 toys at a time
Watch cartoons and movies
We need to re-paint desperately, but these are some of the things we’ve put in my son’s sensory-friendly room
Of course, you should consult an occupational therapist to get advice on appropriate techniques for your child specifically and you can use this sensory checklist to help you detect where to focus the most attention. You’ll find that creating a sensory friendly environment doesn’t take quite as much money as you might think if you look not only on Amazon, but in the clearance section of stores and even at your large chain stores. Today we found a hand-held disco-ball for about $7.00 on clearance at Wal-Mart. If you keep your eyes open for these things, you’ll locate them for just a portion of the cost you see them at in those sensory magazines. It’s all worth it when you see the results, so I hope you found at least some of what you need here!
Create Your Own Sensory-Friendly Checklist and Comment Below With Your Child’s Favorites!
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