Search the internet and you’re sure to find lots of sensory processing resources. You’ll find information about how to explain sensory processing issues to a child’s family and caregivers. Information about the sensory systems and how they work together. And resources to help parents and teachers discuss kids’ sensory needs.
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As teachers, parents, and therapists, we work hard to get to the bottom of kids’ behaviors and to support them in every aspect of development. And while it’s important for us to educate ourselves, what better way to set kids up for success than to put the information they need right into their hands in a format that is easy to understand?
There are several sensory processing resources that are designed to help kids gain a better understanding of their sensory systems and the magic of sensory processing.
10 Sensory Processing Resources for Kids
This simple activity book is a companion to The Sensory Detective Curriculum and is a great way to introduce the sensory systems to younger children. The language and illustrations are easy to understand and the book uses practical, everyday examples to explain how the senses work.
A great option for taking a closer look at the challenges that children with Sensory Processing Disorder face in the classroom and school setting.
The Magic 7 is a resource designed to teach children about sensory processing in an engaging, hands-on way. Ideal for use in a classroom or in a group setting, the lesson guide includes overviews of the sensory systems, printables, and an instructor’s guide.
In this kid-friendly book, the main character, Sam, describes his hypersensitivities and talks about how they affect his everyday functioning. Occupational therapy is introduced, along with the concept of a sensory diet – great for starting the discussion about these aspects of sensory processing challenges.
Interested in using fidget toys or other sensory materials in the school setting? Want to learn how to introduce these materials so they’re actually used effectively? This is a great place to start! Learn about sensory materials that might be beneficial to your students, and follow the steps to help introduce them successfully in your classroom by involving the kids in the process.
This sensory resource for kids is a great way to begin talking about the different sensory tools and materials that can be used in the school setting to address kids’ sensory needs and to help them stay focused and attentive in class.
In this post, we talk all about alternative classroom seating – the benefits, the options, and how to introduce different types of seating to the students in your classroom successfully. Again, it’s about letting kids in on the process by teaching them about how their bodies, brains, and sensory systems work.
8 || The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses
This is an awesome option for talking to older kids (recommended for ages 7 to 14) about strategies, tools, and tips for helping them stay regulated and in control. It also includes visual charts and checklists to track learning and progress.
9 || My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children
This workbook is a hands-on way to get kid involved in understanding their sensory systems. Strategies are broken down by sensory system to give kids, teachers, and parents ideas for helping kids stay regulated at home and at school.
10 || Sensory Processing 101
Older kids may be able to dive right in and read along with you as you learn about each of the sensory systems. But all kids will benefit from the Sensory Activities section of this colorful, easy-to-read overview of sensory processing. Try one or more of the activities and use them as starting points for discussing sensory preferences and the sensory systems!
What are your favorite sensory processing resources for kids? Share them in the comments below!