Sample Sensory Diet

Here is a sample sensory diet, created for a second grade child with sensory processing disorder. We’ve used the annoying term as  directed to avoid providing a cookbook recipe. Activities must be individualized for each child and modified frequently to meet changing needs. A separate program was worked out for this child with the school, including frequent movement breaks, an inflatable seat cushion for wiggling while remaining seated, and providing crunchy/chewy oral comfort snacks at handwriting time.

In the Morning

  • Massage feet and back to help wake up
  • Listen to recommended therapeutic listening CD
  • Use vibrating toothbrush and/or vibrating hairbrush
  • Eat crunchy cereal with fruit and some protein
  • Spin on Dizzy Disc Jr. as directed
  • Jump on mini-trampoline as directed

After school

  • Go to playground for at least 30 minutes
  • Push grocery cart or stroller
  • Spinning as directed
  • Mini-trampoline. Add variety: have him play catch or toss toys into a basket while jumping.
  • Massage feet to organize,? use therapy putty, make ??body sandwiches,  wheelbarrow walk
  • Do ball exercises as directed
  • Listen to therapeutic listening CD
  • Oral work â?? suck thick liquids through a straw, eat crunchy and chewy snacks, or chew gum before and/or during tabletop activities

At dinnertime

  • Help with cooking, mixing, chopping, etc.
  • Help set table, using two hands to carry and balance a tray
  • Provide crunchy and chewy foods

At night

  • Family time: clay projects, painting projects, etc.
  • Warm bath with bubbles and calming essential oil
  • Massage during reading time