Hi there! Here is a link of sensory diets for those on the autism spectrum disorder. It was a new idea to me since my children on the spectrum are older.
Why are sensory diets needed?
To quote from the Sensory-Integration-Tips-to- Consider link:
“To understand how the senses all work together, imagine all that happens within our bodies automatically (if our CNS is intact) when we simply walk up the stairs with our morning cup of coffee. Visually we see the stairs and begin to lift our foot, this involves proprioceptive and vestibular senses as well as tactile. The smell of the coffee is noticed and we take care not to spill it as we ascend. We may hear voices of colleagues, feel our clothes, touch a railing, or have hot coffee slosh onto our hand, yet we continue to shift our weight to lift our legs alternately to continue up the steps. Each sense is called into play and is necessary for successful completion of this activity. In everything we do, messages are constantly being sent and interpreted by our system in order to allow us to proceed successfully.
For some individuals, especially those with an autism spectrum disorder, there may be sensory processing dysfunctions or difficulties. This is the “inability to respond appropriately to ordinary experiences and occurs when the CNS processes sensations inefficiently” (Kranowitz, 2003).”
From the same article:
“A sensory diet provides the necessary combination of sensory input to ‘feed or nourish’ a child’s nervous system. When a child’s nervous system feels properly organized it is better able to achieve optimum attention to tasks and performance of activities. Some children’s nervous systems are wired so that they do not efficiently process sensory input and this can contribute to behavioral and emotional problems. A sensory diet can provide or modify sensory input to help meet the needs of these children. Many daily activities can provide sensory input, yet for some children, like children with ASD, they need an individualized sensory diet infused into their day.
Paula Aquilla (2004) says “That sensory diet can include:
- Activities scheduled at certain times during the day;
- Sensory input provided through daily routines or activities;
- Sensory input created by the environment;
- Sensory input offered through recreational or leisure activities; or
- Sensory input from interactions with others.””
Here are other links regarding Sensory Diets:
There are helpful activities laid out in the articles we can use to help our ASD children. The longer I’m in the game the more help seems to be coming forward. I am thankful to not go this way again… but your never know if autism will affect any of our grand children.
Talk at you later — Share if you care! Always — V’Ron