The Ultimate List of Gifts for Sensory Seekers

If you are the parent of a child who is a sensory seeker (and you know who you are!), then you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right kind of products that will help satisfy the sensory input his or her body craves.

Well, look no further!

The ULTIMATE list of gifts for sensory seekers! #sensory #christmas #childdevelopment

I have put on my OT glasses and found a ton of great products for you and your sensory seeking child! I have specifically chosen to feature items that do not require special therapy equipment (such as special ceiling hooks for hanging therapy swings) so you are able to use these ideas in your own home. I had so much fun filtering through all the fun products out there in order to bring you a list of toys and tools that you can use to help your kiddo meet his or her sensory needs. Click here if you’re curious about how occupational therapists use fun toys and equipment like the ones listed below to help children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

For a crash course in sensory and SPD, read my post on An Introduction to the Sensory Systems, as well as my page on Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Sensory and Sensory Processing Disorder. You can also learn more about sensory processing in a great book called Sensory Processing 101, which is written by my therapy buds over at The Inspired Treehouse.

And for a FREE PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION of this post that can be (legally) printed and distributed as a resource for others who have sensory seekers in their life, please CLICK HERE

Because there are so many amazing products on this list, I decided to break it down into categories in order to make it easier to browse. Be sure to take a look at all the categories so you don’t miss any of the fun ideas! Click on the picture for each product to be taken to the product page on Amazon. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience (see full disclosure here).

Gifts for vestibular seekers. This is just one part of a HUGE post on gifts for all types of sensory seekers! #sensory #childdevelopment #christmas

Kids who seek vestibular (movement-based) input cannot get enough spinning, swinging, sliding, and rolling. It is normal for kids to seek out vestibular experiences as part of their natural development. Just because a child wants to swing a lot doesn’t mean he or she has sensory processing disorder! (Read an easy-to-understand post about Sensory Processing Disorder from OT Mom, including a link to a checklist for identifying SPD in children, by clicking here.) However, there are some children who truly require INTENSE amounts of vestibular input, to the point that they compromise their own safety (jumping off of counters, diving onto their head, etc.) in order to get it. Yikes! That’s where these awesome products come into play.

Before you go crazy with getting your child all riled up with vestibular input (especially spinning), read this post from the SPD Foundation website about how to minimize the risk of overstimulation and keep your kiddo safe and healthy while engaging in intense vestibular input. This is especially important if your child seeks out spinning, which is a very powerful form of vestibular input and can easily overstimulate a child (but can also calm him or her if used correctly).

JUMPING, BOUNCING, AND BALANCING

Mini trampoline with handle
Outdoor trampoline with net

Jump-o-Lene. A potentially safer alternative to a big trampoline that still provides the opportunity for movement and lots of jumping.
Foam Pogo Jumper. Better and safer than an old-school pogo stick.

Hippity Hop Ball. Hang on and bounce!

Rody Inflatable Hopping Horse. A bit easier to ride than a hippity hop.

Pogo Hop. Hop and balance at the same time!

Peanut Ball. Sit, lay, roll, bounce. Learn simple core and upper body strengthening activities to do on a peanut ball from Therapy Fun Zone. These peanut balls are available from the Fun and Function website or on Amazon (click on image).

Exercise Ball. Many parents and teachers (like Julie of Creekside Learning) find that kids can actually focus and learn better when they sit and bounce on an exercise ball

Jump Rope. Learn 10 therapy activities you can do with a jump rope besides jumping rope, from Your Therapy Source.

Monkey Balance Board. A challenge for the vestibular system, which is closely tied to our sense of balance.

SPINNING

Sit n Spin. Great because the child can spin themselves by pulling their body around the wheel while also engaging in heavy work (which can help decrease the risk of overstimulation from spinning) and developing important skills like left-right (bilateral) coordination, core stability (in the tummy, back, and neck), and upper body strength.

Radio Flyer Spin n SaucerRide and spin!

Spin Disc. Hang on tight! Looking for a spinning board like the one your child uses in therapy? Check out this one from Therapy Shoppe or this Astronaut Board.

RIDING

Scooter Board. Learn ten ways to use a scooter board from Therapy Fun Zone, plus ten more awesome scooter activities from therapists at The Inspired Treehouse.

SWINGING AND ZIPLINING

Little Tykes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing. Swinging in a rhythmic back-and-forth motion can provide much needed vestibular input while also providing calming input (ever noticed how your kiddo sometimes seems sleepy or ready for a nap after a long swinging session at the park?).

Wind Rider Glide Swing. Adds a little bit of heavy work into that back-and-forth motion on the swing to help calm your kiddo after a good, long session of swinging.

Standard Playground Swing Seat. The back-and-forth nature of this type of swing can calm those who are vestibular seekers. Some kids need 5 minutes. Others need 20 minutes or more.

Little Tykes Tire Swing. Swing by yourself or with a buddy.

Outdoor Platform Swing. Seriously. How much fun is this?! Learn how to make some of your own swings for your sensory seeker by following the Swings & Climbing Things board on Pinterest.

Little Tykes Disc Swing. Challenge that core and upper body strength while balancing and swinging.

Ring and Trapeze Combo. Hanging upside down provides some major vestibular input. Supervise for safety.

Whirl and Twirl. Hanging and spinning is just what some kids need.

Zipline Kit. I’m guessing your vestibular seeking child could do this for HOURS…am I right?

Gifts for proprioceptive seekers. This is just one part of a HUGE post on gifts for all types of sensory seekers! #sensory #childdevelopment #christmas

Kids who seek proprioceptive (body-based) input to their muscles and joints are the ones who will often be seen crashing, falling, pushing, pulling, and climbing nearly non-stop. Some kids also crave proprioceptive input to the joints and muscles of the mouth, which is demonstrated by their need to CHEW on everything — shirts, blankets, shoes, pencils…everything. Read my post about how to help kids who hang, lean, and climb on EVERYTHING by clicking HERE. Check out my list of 40 “heavy work” activities for kids who seek proprioceptive input HERE. Read my 5 tips for how to help kids who chew on everything HERE.  And learn tons more about proprioception from Sensory-Processing-Disorder.com.

Many activities tend to be both vestibular and proprioceptive in nature (lots of moving and muscle effort in the same activity, such as those you’ll see below). Kids who seek vestibular and/or proprioceptive input are often labeled as “hyperactive” and it seems like their engine is always running too fast.

RIDING

Tricycle. Add a passenger on the back or ride up an incline for more intense proprioceptive input.

Plasma Car. It’s a car that you drive with your hands! Great practice for upper body strength and bilateral coordination.

Radio Flyer All-Terrain Wagon. To ride in or pull for heavy work.

THROWING AND BOPPING

Playground Ball. Game of wall ball, four square, or dodge ball, anyone?

Basketball. For seemingly endless games of Knockout or HORSE. Or some intense dribbling and shooting practice. Or simply a game of 1-on-1. It’s all proprioception.

Soccer Ball. Run, run, run, run, runnnnnnnnn!

Inflatable Bop Bag. Samantha from Stir the Wonder has this one in the home sensory room she has been building for her son!

WALKING, PUSHING, CRASHING, AND CLIMBING

Moon Shoes. Walking in Moon Shoes is hard work! Supervise appropriately.

EZ Steppers. Like walking on upside down cups while controlling ropes with your hands.

Body Sox. Provides amazing, calming, whole-body proprioceptive input as kids stretch and push against the lycra material. Comes with an activity guide and, let’s face it, it’s pretty entertaining to watch kids engage with this sensory tool like little stretchy blue star creatures. Just make sure you figure out what size you need before you order (simply type “body sox” in the search bar on Amazon to see all the results).

Crash Pad. Yes, you could use pillows. But it’s possible your seeker may need something a bit more durable and resistant if he or she is constantly finding ways to jump from high places (as they do!).

Sturdy Indoor/Outdoor Rope Ladder. Be careful!

Climbing Cargo Net. To attach to an existing play structure.

Metal Monkey Bars. Also to be attached to an existing play structure.

 

FOR KIDS WHO PUT STUFF IN THEIR MOUTH AND NEED TO CHEW

Kids who seek oral input (usually a combination of tactile and proprioceptive input) are the ones who are constantly putting things in their mouths (even non-food items like rocks and erasers), licking things that shouldn’t be licked, chewing on just about anything (sleeves, pens, erasers, soles of shoes, furniture…you name it), or requesting spicier, more intensely flavored foods.

Be smart and watch out for choking hazards with whatever sensory tools you give kids for their mouths.

Vibrating Toothbrush. Tons of options and characters available. A more intense, therapeutic oral motor tool (called a Z-Vibe) is available through ARK Therapeutic. Read my post about different types of Z-Vibe tips and attachments HERE. Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing is a big fan of the Z-Vibe! I wouldn’t recommend going the Z-Vibe route unless your child is under the supervision of an OT or Speech Therapist so they can show you how to use it so it will help your child.

Chew Stixx Pencil Topper. I’m glad somebody invented this because if they didn’t, then I would have. Brilliant. Like any chewable product, watch out for choking hazards.

Chew Stixx Pencil Topper Chewable Shapes. According to some customers, these shapes apparently stay on the pencils better than the regular Chew Stixx.

Chew Stixx Oral Chew. This is just one of many handheld chewy-type products made by Chew Stixx. I am also a HUGE fan of the oral motor products offered by ARK Therapeutic, particularly their Sensory Chews for babies and older kids (found here).

Silly Straws. All that extra sucking to get the liquid up the loops provides great added sensory input to the mouth.

All of the necklaces below may be good for kiddos who chew with minimal to moderate intensity. Chewable necklaces may not be thick and strong enough to withstand severely intense chewing. For example, I once worked with a two-year-old who regularly chewed through the soles of shoes. If that is the case, your young one may require something super strong like the sensory chewy tools found through ARK Therapeutic HERE.

Chewigem. Several colors and styles available for both girls and boys. Search “Chewigem” on Amazon to find more results, or visit chewigem.com to see all styles and learn more about using chewable jewelry for kids who chew on clothes, blankets, toys, pencils, and more.

Chewelry Soft Star Necklaces. For younger kids.

Chewable Jewels Rectangle Necklace. Several colors available.

Chewable Jewels Circle Necklace. Several colors available.

Chewy Skool Kid Necklace. Several colors available. Good option for a boy. Recommended by Carolyn from The Pleasantest Thing.

Dr. Bloom’s Chewable Jewels Bracelet and Necklace with Circle Slide. Several colors available.

Chewbeads. Meant to look like a regular necklace. For older children and adults. Available in several colors.

Gifts for tactile seekers. This is just one part of a HUGE post on gifts for all types of sensory seekers! #sensory #childdevelopment #christmas

Kids who seek tactile (touch-based) input are the ones you often see touching everything in sight, finding different textures and materials to rub, excessively touching people’s faces and jewelry, and unable to get enough “messy play”.

MESSY PLAY PRODUCTS

Finger Paints. You can buy them or simply use yogurt, pudding, or make your own homemade version. Homemade finger paint recipes range from those that are taste-safe and require cornstarch, taste-safe and don’t require cornstarch, taste-safe but not meant to be eaten, and more.

Play DoughAgain, buy the pre-made stuff or make your own with this basic recipe I use all the time. Check out the Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book from Nurture Store and follow the huge collaborative Play Dough Pinterest board for a ridiculous amount of ideas for how to play with play dough.

Kinetic Sand. Looks like brown sugar, squishable and moldable like play dough, sticks to itself but isn’t sticky. This is my go-to sensory sand at work and at home! Read my post on the benefits of using Kinetic Sand here. Now available in original brown, as well as colors such as blue and pink. You can buy just the box of sand or building and molding kit that comes with a sand tray and molds (as shown below)!

Living Sands. This stuff is crazy awesome. Similar to Kinetic Sand, but fluffier. Read my review of Living Sands here.

Moon Sand. Several colors are available if you search Amazon, or find out how to make your own with some easy recipes. Better yet, learn how to make taste-safe Moon Sand (for babies or those who put stuff in their mouth) thanks to Teach Me Mommy.

Instant Snow. Looks real, lasts a long time. Or you can make your own by using a diaper. Seriously! Learn how here.
Sensory Play Table. Versatile piece of equipment for many different kinds of sensory play! Learn 10 ways to use a sensory play table by reading my post here, and learn how to make your own sensory play table thanks to Mama Papa Bubba and Pink Oatmeal. Follow my Sensory Play Ideas board or the collaborative Kids Sensory Play board on Pinterest for tons of great ideas that can be used in a sensory play table!

LIGHT AND DEEP TOUCH

Ball Pit. Playing in a ball pit is a mix of tactile and proprioceptive input. You can buy an actual ball pit like the one pictured below. Or you can simply put a bunch of ball pit balls in your child’s Pack n Play, empty baby pool, or even empty bathtub. Supervise as needed. Too much fun!

Ball Pit Balls. Of course you’ll need the balls. These ball pit balls are crush-proof so they won’t crumple if they get stepped on.

Mini Massager. Deep touch sensation can provide that much-craved tactile input while also sending calming signals throughout the body.

Scalp Head Massager. Have you tried one of these things? They are THE BEST.

Wooden Wheel Massage Roller. Provides light touch or deep touch depending on how much pressure you use.

Long-Handled Back Scratcher. Child can do it themselves if they’re careful.

FIDGETS

Fidget toys can occupy the hands and help focus the brain.

Tangle. Different sizes and textures available.

Hairy Tangle Jr. I’ve had one of these and almost couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend.

Puffer Balls. My son LOVES these.

Spaghetti Ball. “Noodles” may break off if pulled on too hard by an aggressive fidgeter.

Squigglets. Can be worn on the arms or legs and used in several different ways.

Bead Stress Ball. I’ve had great success with this one, both with younger and older kids.

Whatz It Fidget Toy. Bends and moves in silence.

Silly Bandz. Look like creatures. Act like rubbery, stretchy bracelets. Collect them all.

Figipod Hand/Foot Fidget. Can be placed in a student’s desk. on their lap, or even on the floor for their feet!

Abilitations Pencil Fidgets. Slides right onto the pencil. Keeps fidgety hands happy with twisters and spinners.

Desk Buddy Ruler/Sensory Bar Fidget. Looks like a ruler. Can be used like a ruler. But can also be used as a fidget. Brilliant.

Gifts for visual seekers. This is just one part of a HUGE post on gifts for all types of sensory seekers! #sensory #childdevelopment #christmas

Gifts for kids who are visual seekers. Kids who seek visual (sight-based) input are the ones who find opportunities to watch objects and lights spin, move, flash, and flicker. Visual input that is slow and rhythmic can provide calming, regulating input and can actually influence a child’s respiration rate and heart rate. Why do you think they have fish tanks (visually calming objects) in stressful places likes the lobbies of doctors’ and dentists’ offices? A kid-friendly example of a visually calming object is a glitter calm-down bottle (read my explanation of why calm-down bottles help kids calm and regulate).

Liquid Motion Bubbler Fidget. Almost like watching bubbles in a fish tank, but in reverse.

Zig Zag Drops Liquid Motion Desk Toy. Do you remember this one from your childhood? I sure do.

Small Ooze Tube. Watch it ooooooooze.

Lava Lamp. A classic. Several colors available.

Mini Lava Lamp Style Night Light. Plugs into the wall to serve as a night light while projecting shadows and patterns on the wall. Several colors available.

Orbeez Mood Light. Very unique.

Spirograph. Spin and spin and make some art.

Gifts for auditory seekers. This is just one part of a HUGE post on gifts for all types of sensory seekers! #sensory #childdevelopment #christmas

Gifts for kids who are auditory seekers. Kids who are auditory (sound-based) seekers are those who always want things louder, and they tend to like to make that noise themselves.

Melissa & Doug Band in a Box. Shake, bang, boom.

B. Parum Pum Pum Drum. Plastic. Colorful. LOUD.

Melissa & Doug Beginner Band Set. Tap. Shake. Blow. Clack.

Pop Toobs. They make different noises depending on how you pull them.

Gifts for olfactory seekers (kids who seek out different types of smells). This is just one part of a HUGE post on gifts for all types of sensory seekers! #sensory #childdevelopment #christmas

Gifts for kids who are olfactory seekers. Kids who seek olfactory (smell-based) input, are the ones who find opportunities to smell things whenever they can. They really appreciate and benefit from scented products.

Scented Play Dough. I absolutely cannot get enough of the magnificent scented dough sold at Lakeshore Learning. Or learn how to make your own by using this basic recipe and then adding either several drops of scented extract (such as peppermint, vanilla, lemon, etc.) or just mixing in a packet of scented Kool-Aid powder (it acts as both a scent and a color).

Scented Markers. The reason your kid comes home from school with a green (or purple or blue or red) nose.

Colored Smencils. What elementary school-aged kid wouldn’t want their colored pencil artwork to smell like cotton candy?! Keep in mind that scents like cinnamon and mint (both of which are included in this pack) can help increase your child’s ability to stay alert and focused while working.

Scented Dot Markers. Especially great for toddlers through Kindergarten-aged children.

Scratch and Sniff Stickers. Classic.
Scented Loomi Bandz. Have you been around elementary and middle schools lately? These Loomi Bandz are all the rage. Kids loop ’em together to make bracelets. Even the teachers are wearing them. And apparently these scented Loomi Bandz smell amazing!

I know this is a HUGE list, but guess what? There are so many more great products out there for sensory seekers that I didn’t even have a chance to include yet! Did I miss one of your child’s favorite sensory seeking toys? Let me know by leaving a comment! I will be coming back and adding products to this list as I find and learn about more, so don’t be shy. Thanks for reading and I really hope you (I mean, your child!) will have a great time exploring all the wonderful, creative, fun sensory integration products out there!

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It’s so important to remember that ALL children (and adults, for that matter) have sensory needs, and there are many simple tools out there for supporting those sensory needs!

First is a great book and resource called Sensory Processing 101. Written collaboratively by pediatric occupational therapists and a former teacher, this book provides easy-to-understand information about what “sensory” means, plus great ideas for fun sensory activities to promote healthy development of all the senses!

Sensory Processing Cover Clean

Secondly, check out “Project Sensory” and the Sensory Fix™ Toolkit!

Sensory Fix™ for Everyday Sensory Needs

Project Sensory’s mission is to provide parents, educators, and caregivers with the resources, support and tools they need to help their children succeed at home and school. The goal is to spread awareness of the importance of the sensory needs of ALL children.

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The Sensory Fix™ toolkit is a handpicked kit filled to the brim with over 15 sensory tools to help your child organize his or her sensory systems. It includes a simple-to-use companion guide that visually shows how each item in the kit can support your child’s sensory needs, and a chart that matches everyday kid behaviors to tools in the kit.

Project Sensory Companion Guide #sensoryfix

The kit comes with a 1-year membership to Project Sensory’s exclusive printables club. As part of the Printables Club, members will receive a monthly newsletter with exclusive printables only available to them, one video, and a sensory tip they can use NOW. In addition, all printables added during the duration of the 1-year membership will be free to you (excluding any ebooks).

Project Sensory #sensoryfix

And you know what else? One Sensory Fix™ kit will be donated to a classroom in need for every 20 kits purchased. How awesome is that?!

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So pop over to Project Sensory to find out what is in each kit and learn more about how to support the sensory needs of the kid(s) in your life.

Sensory Fix™ for Everyday Sensory Needs

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Mama OT In addition to being mama to two sweet little boys and wife to a crazy awesome husband, Christie is a Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR/L). She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA...Go Bruins!), and an M.A. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC OT). She has experience working as a pediatric OT in early intervention (birth to 3), clinic-based, and school-based settings. Her mission with MamaOT.com is to encourage, educate, and empower those who care for children. Christie loves that she gets to PLAY when she goes to work, is hopelessly addicted to Kettle Corn, and is known for being able to turn virtually anything into a therapeutic tool or activity, from empty food containers to laundry and everything in between. Learn more about Christie and what inspired her to become an OT.

Occupational therapy (OT) is a holistic profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, also known as “occupations”. Some OTs help people diagnosed with disability, injury, or disease. Others help prevent disability, injury, or disease. Because of occupational therapy, people of all ages are able to say, "I can!" no matter what their struggle. Isn't that amazing?!

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Please provide appropriate supervision to the child in your care when completing any activities from this site. You as the grown-up will need to decide what types of products/activities on this list will be safe for your child. If you’re not sure, check with your child’s occupational therapist or pediatrician. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when implementing any ideas or activities from this site, particularly if there is any risk of injury (e.g., falling, crashing), choking (e.g., small parts), drowning (e.g., water play), or allergic/adverse reaction (e.g., materials/ingredients). The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site. 
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33 thoughts on “The Ultimate List of Gifts for Sensory Seekers

  1. I would love for you to include a list about how to identify children who fit in each group. I know it might seem obvious but I just bet you will provide tips that others might not think about. Thanks for this incredible list!

    • Great comment, Nancy. I have a few posts I’ve been working on to cover that very topic! In the meantime, you can follow the links in this post to learn more information about sensory-related behaviors. I especially like http://sensory-processing-disorder.com. The author provides an extremely thorough, comprehensive, practical guide to all things sensory-related. Take a look and be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

      • Thank you so much for all of this…I came here for my 5 month old but now looking at that site I realize I finally have an answer to my own constant problems and I see different ones possibly forming in my 4 year old…thanks so much for sharing your wisdom, I love your site and constantly come here for new ideas to make sure my son will have his best chance to avoid problems!

  2. Christie this post is AMAZING! I read it yesterday about 5 times, and then placed at least 6 items from this list on my Amazon wish list to buy for my kids for Christmas..no joke! As you know my daughter had juvenile arthritis so we try to keep her active to keep her joints strong. On top of that, both my kids are simply ACTIVE and would benefit from so many of these items. Oh, and so many are ALSO great for speech & language development too!! 😉 I’ll be sharing this list both on my FB page and in a blog post! GREAT JOB!

  3. I am a Pediatric Occupational a Therapist as well. I applaud you for making this list. I know must have been quite time consuming. It is great for sharing with families!

    • Thanks, Chrissy. I just felt strongly that a list like this needed to be made for exactly the reason you just stated — sharing with families. Please let me know if there are products you’d like me to add to the list. I know I don’t have everything on there, but it’s a start! I would love for this to become a go-to resource for parents and teachers of sensory seekers, so I want to make sure it is as comprehensive, accurate, and easily accessible as possible. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

  4. Was wondering if you had something for kids with mouth issues. My son has ADHD and when not medicated (only for school) he want to chew his finger nails, chew the strings out of the collars of his shirts or chew holes in his shirts…..we sometimes make him get a wash cloth and he will pull the stings from them and eat them. Any help?

    • Lorrie, be sure to scroll all the way through the post to the Oral section. There are some great oral motor/sensory tools listed and described there. Please let me know if you have more questions once you get a chance to look through that section. Hope you find something helpful!

    • Do you know what kind of sensory input she is seeking? If it’s body-based input she’s seeking (proprioception), then a tunnel might be fun! The ball pit balls in a pack n play or ball pit would be fun too. If she’s seeking movement (vestibular), then a fun one could be a beginner ride-on toy that she can sit on and either propel with her feet on the floor or be pushed on. These suggestions are without knowing your niece and her individual needs, of course, so feel free to provide more info if you’d like some more ideas!

  5. Hello,

    Could you please add our website, as our A Sense of Calm DVDs were designed to help relax children and adults with sensory problems. Please read the feedback from parents and schools using the DVDs – they are being used to calm when things kick off. They are based on the principles of a sensory room, but with the advantage of being able to be used, as and when needed, at home.

    Best Wishes and a Merry Christmas

    Sue James

  6. My son is 2 and will be turning 3 at the end of November. We are working with a speech and an OT. He has been labeled with low recognition. Is there a list of toys you recommend for him?

    • Great question. Activities and toys for sensory seekers can also be great for those with low registration, so many of the toys on this list might be perfect for your little guy. I would strongly encourage you to collaborate with his OT to find out specifically which toys or activities he/she would recommend for him, since that is the therapist who is working directly with him and knows his specific patterns of sensory processing.

  7. What an excellent list 🙂
    For proprioception there are also body sox or body socks which are really stretchy fabric pods. They provide pressure and resistace to movement which some children seek.

  8. I love your site and just reviewed this list. My son with SPD is having his 5th birthday soon. I am going to take a couple ideas from your list and purchase them on Amazon. I know he’s going to love them!

  9. I can’t tell you how much insight your post has given me.I was at a complete loss how to help my lovely little son who is struggling so much…thank u so much .

  10. Question for you…I have a son who will be four next month. He is the running, jumping, deep pressure, chewing on toys, can’t keep his hands off of things and loves messy play type of kid. I try to keep him very active, and I actually don’t see any of this as an issue for him at home, but I have a few concerns for when we are in public and for when he goes to preschool next year.
    First concern: He has no personal space and will grab onto strangers legs, ask them to hold him, hug them without warning, etc.
    Second concern: I take him to a story time at the library once a week, and the way he does the craft is very different from the other 2-3 year olds. For example, yesterday they laid out stamp pads and had them put fingerprints on a tree to make leaves. While all the kids were doing what they were told, my son was putting whole handprints, which progressed to just rolling his hands and arms all over the stamp pads to just cover himself with ink as much as he could.
    I’d love to know if giving him MORE sensory input at home will cause less of these concerns to be noted in public, so should we do more messy play at home, more crashing/hugging/wrestling? Would that help? Because I feel like we do a lot of that already and he still is just touching everything and everyone in public.

  11. I have a seven year old diagnosed with SPD. She has problems with knowing when her bladder is full and ends up having accidents almost everyday at school. I was searching for a wrist watch or some kind of discrete timer which she can take to school and will remind her to go to the bathroom every two hours. Does anyone know where to find such a timer?
    Thanks

  12. I just want to give you a huge “Thank you!” I discovered your site when my now 3.5 year old was a baby and love the information and gift ideas. Now that he has been placed on the autism spectrum and we’re seeing some sensory issues, I was so excited to find this list and look forward to reading the other sensory articles. Thank you!

    • Oh my goodness, thank you so much for sharing! I hope you find my other sensory-related posts helpful, plus any I write in the future!

  13. I am a pediatric PT, adoptive mom, and parent of multiple children with sensory issues. May I please share your list in a talk I am giving to adoptive/preadoptive parents? Always like to ask!!

    • Yes, of course! Just please be sure to remind families that this is a generalized list and is not individualized to their children. Some items may not be helpful or appropriate for certain kids depending on their age, skills, or needs. Any specific sensory recommendations should come from an OT who has evaluated their child or who is working with them. Thanks!

So, whadya think?