Sensory Processing Tools and Resources
Sensory processing toys, tools and aids for babies, kids, children and teens.
Sensory processing is a relatively new term for many people. It refers to how we deal with sensory information, whether it be things we touch, see, hear, etc, or things that touch us, move us, push us. Some people are highly responsive to sounds and can be easily upset by sounds that don't upset others. Some people find certain tactile sensations very calming. Some people are very distracted by lots of 'visual clutter' and others like it. We're all different. Sensory processing differences are fine until they become problematic and limit function. Then we start to use terms like 'Sensory Processing Disorder' and it's time to do something about it.
We refer to sensory processing resources as both tools and toys. It might need to look like a toy for a child to engage with it. However, there is a fine line between something that is engaging enough to address the sensory need, but not so 'engaging' that it's a distraction. This is especially important for use of sensory tools in the classroom. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to find the resources that best suit a child's sensory needs. Occupational Therapists are generally the professionals who are best qualified to assist in this area and they can help reduce the need for trial and error.
OT's assess the child's situation using sensory profiling. This is useful in that it helps the people in the child's world have a better understanding of the issues for the child and how to support the child (or teen). Depending on the child's age OT's can also teach the child to recognise and manage sensory issues for themselves.
On this page:
- Sensory Processing Disorder treatment
- Toys for Sensory Seekers
- Sensory Tools for Children