How To Connect Your Mind and Body: Sensory Activities Resources

Can You Really Find Sensory Activities (On the Web?)

Sensory Activities Via The Web

A friend recently asked me, “Do you have any ideas on self-help resources on sensory integration processing issues and also mind body connection?"

sensory activities

I advised my friend that I’m neither a physical therapist nor an occupational therapist, but that I’d check out some sensory activities and resources from a layperson’s perspective.

Here’s the list of sensory activities self-help resources I found.

Save Yourself Some Time: Read This First!

For those of you who are reading about Sensory Processing Disorder for the first time, here are two articles to help you learn everything you need to know:

A) Read 4 Reasons You Need To Understand Sensory Processing Disorder (Plus Sensory Tips to Make Your Life Easier)

Here are some key points from that article:

Per Wikipedia, “Sensory processing is the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and the environment, thus making it possible to use the body effectively within the environment."

As a person with autism, you may experience challenges in one or more areas of sensory processing.

Here’s a video from Amythest Schaber, a young woman with autism.

Know Your Sensory Differences: Check to See Which Signs and Symptoms Apply to You

Sense/Process

Overresponsive

Underresponsive

Sight

Low tolerance for certain lights or patterns

Difficulty detecting depths, tracking a moving target, indifference to some visual cues

Hearing

Low tolerance for certain sounds, exaggerated startle responses to loud or sudden noises, difficulty filtering out background noises.

Lack of response or indifference to certain noises

Smell

Strong aversions to some smells

Failure to notice some strong smells

Taste

Strong food aversions

Lack of interest in some foods

Touch

Sensitivity to light touch, deep pressure, fabric textures, clothing labels, clothing fasteners, or temperature changes, or low pain tolerance

Indifference to temperature extremes, high pain tolerance

Balance

Easily feeling off balance

Failing to sense when the body is dangerously off balance

Motion

Low tolerance for movement, inaccurate perception of the position of body parts

Failure to notice movement, resulting in involuntary movement

source: Living Well on the Autism Spectrum, by Valerie L. Gaus, PhD

B) Read (or Listen To) TWAP012: Here Are 3 Valuable Sensory Processing Tips You Need To Know (ToolKits, Diets, Activities, and More)

I’ve included quite a few resources and tips in that article – here’s a summary of the tips:

1. Learn about sensory processing disorder. Then take Dr. Sharon Heller’s sensory defensiveness test. Reflect on which type of sensory stimuli you struggle with most. Seek out an occupational therapist to evaluate your sensory needs.

2. Create A Sensory Toolkit. Bookmark the article, 26 Sensory Integration Tools For Meltdown Management, and check out her list of 26 tools. See if any of those would be helpful to you. Then go to my table (in the create a sensory toolkit section of this article), and add any items that are helpful to you.

3. Create a Sensory Diet Integrated Into Your Daily Schedule. Re-read my section about creating a sensory diet. Print out a copy (or copies) of Dr. Sharon Heller’s Daily Sensory Diet Schedule. Choose sensory processing activities that will help you get through stressful points in your day.

Your Brief List of Sensory Activities Self-Help Sites

A) Sensory Processing Disorder

Michele, the site author, is an occupational therapist. She put this site together inspired by her daughter’s struggle with sensory processing disorder.

Talk about comprehensive!

So that you don’t get overwhelmed – check out the site map, which outlines all the contents of the site.

B) If you haven’t already done so, pinpoint your particular sensory challenges with this checklist.

C) Go to Indiana University’s sensory integration tips page.

Now that you’ve identified particular areas you struggle with, design a sensory diet of sensory activities targeting those areas.

Caveat: this page, and most of the information I’ve found about sensory integration and autism seems to be written for children instead of adults.

However, the activities and strategies work just as well for adults.

The second half of the Indiana University sensory integration is full of sensory activities to help you.

D) If you learn better with videos, check out these how-to videos from A Sensory Life website.

Again, the videos are directed to parents working with their children, but the activities will work just as well for us adults.

What About Connecting the Mind and Body?

According to Asperger Experts, when you take care of your body’s sensory needs, ayou make the mind more available.

I hope you enjoy this list of sensory activities self-help sites. Please let me know if you find others you’d like me to include in this list!

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