‘Sensory play’ incorporates one or more of the five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) into a child’s daily play. Sensory experiences are important from birth, and are especially important for children with special needs such as SPD (sensory processing disorder) or Autism.
Appropriate sensory input is beneficial for the special needs child to learn and develop necessary skills. Sensory play can help children engage in the environment around them and create body awareness. Sensory play can both calm an agitated child and motivate a lethargic child.
Sensory experiences are all around us, but actively creating sensory activities for children will only enhance their skills as they explore the world around them.
Every child is different when it comes to their acceptance and tolerance of sensory activities. Watch out for signs of distress and over-stimulation when engaging in sensory activities with your child .
Here are 5 different sensory activities you can easily do with your special needs toddler: