A sweet friend of mine contacted me with the idea of putting together a guide for kids who struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder or other sensory issues and I thought it was an awesome idea! I can not take one bit of credit for this one because she picked all of these sensory gift ideas out after learning and going through her own experiences with one of her sons and OT. I absolutely love the idea of buying children any of these items rather than a toy that will clutter the playroom even more than it already is. Many of these would benefit any child. I absolutely love some of these ideas for my kids!
Let me introduce you to Christy:
Hi! I am a wife and stay at home mother of 3 with a passion for travel (especially Disney) and helping others understand Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Our family is almost 5 years into our sensory processing journey. I have learned so much about SPD and the importance of play during this time. My son began receiving play based occupational therapy at the age of 3. I witnessed him respond well and learn how to self-regulate through guided play and began to wonder how I could introduce these ideas at home. I tried to use built-in holidays and birthdays to be more intentional with my purchases and to avoid being overwhelmed by toy overload.
The awesome part is any child can benefit from these sensory crafted play sessions. The saucer swing has been a backyard favorite of almost every child in the neighborhood, and who wouldn’t want to curl up in a hanging pod chair? It is also much easier to get grandparents on board with purchasing something called a crash pad or a climbing rope. Everyone wins!
Sensory Gift Ideas: