Getting Started With Sensory

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What Are Sensory Needs?

  • Fidgets frequently
  • Dislikes transitions
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Meltdowns or heightened reactions
  • Easily distracted and unable to focus
  • Can’t sit still
  • Always ‘on the go’
  • Chews non food related items or places items inside their mouth
  • Calms the nerves
  • Promote focus and concentration
  • Reduces risk of damage to teeth from mouthing inappropriate items
  • Helps with weight loss for people those who eat for oral stimulus or habit
  • Improves attention
  • Reduces nail chewing or finger sucking behaviour
  • Provide a distraction for uncomfortable situations
  • Helps reach a ‘just right’ level of stimulation

Sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound are all significant components in a child’s brain development. The use of sensory input is how we learn about our surroundings. Sensory play is beneficial for developing infants and toddlers, however, for children with a disability the benefits are exceptional for:

  • Cognitive development (learning)
  • Physical skills
  • Communication and social skills
  • Emotional development
  • Sense of self

People with different sensory input needs have a tendency to either seek or avoid from senses:

  • Sight: Patterns, certain colours or shapes, moving and spinning objects or bright objects and light
  • Smell: Specific smells can be triggering. Some people love to smell everything, whereas some people have the ability to sense, detect, and develop an objection to smells that other people are not able to sense
  • Hearing: Unexpected and loud noises can be ‘painful’ for some people, whereas repetitive noises like humming, finger clicking, or clapping can be very calming
  • Taste: Specific textures and tastes are very common difficulties. Many spicy, sour, bitter, or minty tastes can be disliked. Textures like slimey, crunchy, or chewy can lead to a person being over stimulated by the feel. Many people who seek sensory input orally like to chew and suck on non-food like items
  • Touch: Touch from other people, soft or hard touches, clothing with specific texture or surfaces like scratchy or tough. Touch is also a very common tool for people to use as a means of calming and focus – through the use of fidget toys

Who Can Benefit From Sensory Items

The short answer to who can benefit from sensory items… EVERYONE!

 

Now, we know that some people may have have never used any type of sensory item (also known as a fidget toys or fidget tools) before, but we promise you will likely be impressed once you do and realize how well they work to increase focus or to reduce anxiety or stress.

 

These sensory items can be used with babies, children, teenagers, or adults. It really comes down to finding what works for each individual as no two people have the same sensory profile – therefore being the need for Sensible Sensory decisions.

Why You Should Follow Sensible Sensory

You can read more about our story and why we started Sensible Sensory here. In short, Sensible Sensory is for people who:

  • Have a family member who struggles with Sensory stimulation
  • Are new to the world of Sensory seeking related behaviours and not sure where to start
  • Want to increase their knowledge of special needs and sensory seeking characteristics
  • Are interested in special needs or life with a mental disability
  • Want expert recommendations and reviews for the best sensory toys and fidget toys

We cover all sorts of mental disabilities and sensory related behaviours. Some examples of things we like to talk about include:

  • Living with a mental illness
  • The benefits of sensory toys and play
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Best Sensory toys
  • Best Fidget toys
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You can find some of our most popular content on our home page, including the latest content from our blog. In our reviews section we also review many of the best sensory toys, best fidget toys, and most of the products available on the market that provide substantial benefits for sensory needs and special needs at home and in the workplace.

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