Sensory Play Recipes

Messy Play is a wonderful way to develop fine motor skills and explore sensory experiences, as well as promote calm and enhance well-being for many.

Making sensory play resources yourself can be even more fun!

They create additional learning opportunities to develop skills such as following instructions. They also provide enjoyment and promote participation in shared interaction experiences.

To support our students, parents and carers, our Occupational Therapist has created a number of Recipes, Vocabulary boards and discussion cards for accessible sensory-based activities. They include:

  • Making Glitter Slime
  • Making Fluffy Slime
  • Making Gloop
  • Making Playdough
Read our Symbolised Recipes here

The Power of Play

Play is one of the primary occupations of childhood and helps us learn so many essential sensory, motor and cognitive skills. Through their new online Power of Play Hub, Great Ormond Street Hospital is now offering, on their website, lots of simple play ideas for stay safe, stay home times.

Sensory Yoga for Self-Regulation in the Classroom or at Home

To support our students’ general well-being and self-regulation some classes at Milestone have been introduced to ‘mindfulness’ using sensory yoga. When children or young people are beyond their own capacity to contain and control themselves, it can be because they are too tired, too dehydrated, too overstimulated or too overwhelmed.

When the nervous system goes into overload we can see the resulting distress behaviours. It is not always possible to pre-empt or foresee triggers or to avoid out-of-control meltdowns. However, Sensory Yoga, is a simple physical activity, that can help students (and parents and carers!) de-stress, calm, feel balanced and ‘grounded’. A few basic yoga poses and simple breathing techniques, practiced regularly, (together with other strategies in the ‘tool kit’), can be effective in enabling our children to build resilience and self-regulation.

Sensory Yoga can be done at home with your child, not just at school, and so offers an activity that can support your mutual regulation. But by providing your child with the physical ‘tools’ it can help to slow, settle and re-set the mind-body state.

Taken from the book ‘Sensory Yoga for Kids’ by Britt Collins, we are providing you here with a short introductory sequence of sensory yoga poses to try at home. They are designed to promote calm and ease anxiety and can be particularly helpful for our students with autism.

Sensory Yoga Sequence (Short) Anxiety, Calming, ASD

Sleep and Sensory Processing: A Guide for Parents

Research shows a significant link between sleep behaviours and patterns and the way bodies experience sensory stimuli or sensations. Children with sensory processing difficulties are more likely to have challenges falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or being comfortable while sleeping. For useful explanations and tips, please visit the Spiral Foundation website (link below).

Parent Toolkit at The Spiral Foundation

Created: May 2020 by Karen Al Khina