How to create a sensory integration environment?
But first why create a sensory integration environment?
We learn largely unconsciously to combine our senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste, balance, perception of the body in space) to apprehend our environment. Children with autism or other neurological disorders sometimes have difficulty learning this. Sensory integration exercises then take on their full meaning. The goal is to create an environment expressly designed to stimulate and awaken all of the child's senses.
Occupational therapists very often use sensory rooms to encourage children to run and play. During a session, the child interacts one-on-one with the occupational therapist and participates in activities that combine sensory stimulation and movement.
Here are some examples of activities to do at home:
- Swinging on theweighbridgeor whale board (body movement in space)
- dancing to music (hearing)
- playing with sensory tubes, boxes filled with beans, dried pasta etc (touch)
- crawling through tunnels (touching and moving the body in space)
- playing with sensory balls (touch and hand-eye coordination)
- to balance on a beam (balance)
And above all... cheer him on and praise him! It remains above all a game that must be fun and enjoyable :)