Sensory Toys and Tools for Kids and Teens
Sensory 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 it's time to do something about it.
We refer to sensory processing resources as both sensory tools and sensory 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.
On this page:
Sensory Processing Toys
Sensory Seeking Therapy Tools
Sensory Integration Therapy Tools
Behavioural Sensory Toys