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Sensory Processing for Every System, by Sarah Rossman, MS, OTR/L

Sensory Processing for Every System, by Sarah Rossman, MS, OTR/L

girl in physical therapy on exercise ballFun and and easy sensory activities for each system:

1. Auditory System: Play a “guess the sound” game – Listen to common environmental and animal sounds and try to guess what makes the sound.
2. Olfactory System: Make smelling tubes with spices or oils and try guessing the scent (lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, etc.)
3. Oral Sensory Processing: Make “bite art” with foods and your teeth.  Bite into an apple, pear, grape, banana, bread, etc. and try to make different designs.
4. Proprioceptive System: Do animal walks – Crab, bear, frog jump, penguin, flamingo stand
5. Vestibular System: Using a large exercise ball, sit on it and lean backwards to pick up puzzle or game pieces while upside down, and then sit back up to play (like a sit up).
6. Tactile System: Play with dry and wet sensory bins – dried beans, rice, uncooked noodles, cooked spaghetti, shaving cream, whipped cream, sand, grass, slime, etc. Hide puzzle pieces or small toys in them and find them with your hands.
7. Visual System: Look at the clouds and try to find shapes and animals in them.
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