A sensory diet is a tool that Occupational Therapists can use to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs. A sensory diet consists of various activities and objects that provide different sensations to the child.
In essence, discovery learning is about allowing children to explore and learn through their environment instead of direct tuition. This approach has been well researched and has even been proposed as the best learning method for areas such as science and mathematics.
Emotional regulation is the process by which people manage their emotional experiences and their responses to all types of feelings, including very powerful emotions such as anxiety, anger, sadness and frustration.The way we respond to our emotions, both mentally and behaviourally, has a major impact on our psychological wellbeing and our social experiences.
A sensory garden path is carefully designed to engage the senses. There are many elements to this, from sections with crunchy gravel, areas with tactile stimulus, as well as ones with materials like bark and plants to offer scent. They can be as passive or as interactive as your child needs.
Creating games that build a child’s sensory skills can be simple to set up, with many of the resources for these games being found at home. The core focus is on building different skills, whether that’s balance and coordination, oral motor skills and breathing control or sensory stimulation.