Essential Sensory Resources

Why is sensory play important?

Here are five reasons to start off with:

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Many “Sensory” resources can be created from free or existing material, bubble wrap, packaging foam, a little dot of oil on a radiator. Food is easy and usually cheap, rainbow rice or spaghetti. I am a fan of getting outside, feel the breeze, listen to the waves (my school is just above the beach). Sometimes you want something a bit different. These can be used in a sensory room or individually to encourage calming or even concentration. I would love to hear your ideas as well.

These are all objects and resources I have found useful and engaging for my students. There are some more game, work and play resources here and here.

White Noise Machine.

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 21.56.05.jpgLoads of soothing sounds, May help concentration in lessons using the headphone Jack, not just for chill out spaces. This is USB or Battery powered (Buy Here)

Portable Oil Diffuser.

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 21.32.41.jpgAwesome for aromatherapy sessions. you can power by battery or USB which means its safer and doesn’t rely on being near a power socket. (buy here)

Sensory Pillow

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 21.40.39This is calming and adds ambience to any room. My daughter loves this and the battery lasts for ages.(Buy Here)

The Tuff Spot (Tough Tray)

Sensory toys Autism tuff trayThese are cheap, very sturdy and now available in a whole range of colours (although the black is cheapest) (Buy Here)

Water beads.

Sensory toys Autism 2So versatile and fun. Can be played with, squashed, bounced and rolled. (Buy Here)

Giant water beads.

Sensory toys Autism beadsLike above but bigger (and more expensive per bead) but good fun, roll em and if the child throws them they will not hurt. (Buy here)

Gelli Baff

Sensory toys Autism water playThis is really awesome for when you want water (for boats etc) but when water is not wanted on the carpet. (Buy Here)

LED Light Gloves

Sensory toys Autism

These are pretty cool for use in sensory/dark rooms. (Buy Here)

Two tone Sensory “mermaid” fabric

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 21.46.29.jpgJust awesome for writing letters, numbers and shapes. (buy by the metre)

Stretchy Fidget String.

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A Pack of 7 multicoloured strings, great for PECS stage 4 attributes. (Buy here)

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