WHAT IS A SENSORY DIET - WHAT IS A SENSORY DIET Just as...

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WHAT IS A SENSORY DIET Just as your child needs food throughout the course of the day, the need for sensory input must also be met. A “sensory diet” (coined by OT Patricia Wilbarger) is a carefully designed, personalized activity plan that provides the sensory input a person needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day. Just as you may jiggle your knee or chew gum to stay awake or soak in a hot tub to unwind, children need to engage in stabilizing, focusing activities too. Each child has a unique set of sensory needs. Generally, a child whose nervous system is over aroused and too wired needs more calming input, while the child who is more under aroused and too tired needs more alerting input. Together we can develop a strong sensory diet for your child——but it’s up to you and your child to implement it throughout the day. The great news is that the effects of a sensory diet, combined with professional intervention, are usually immediate AND cumulative.
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  • Spring '14
  • ErikaCarlson
  • Psychology, sensory input, sensory diet

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