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Sensory games don’t have to be messy

Like any Occupational Therapist worth their salt in this digital age, I follow quite a few OT blogs. I like to keep up on the latest DIY projects to offer parents a way to replicate some of the activities that their child engages in while at the clinic. The most recent projects that have been popping on my various news feeds have been DIY Sensory Walks. This involves acquiring a variety of textured items and creating a walkway. This picture (found on Pinterest), is a great example of how everyday items can be turned into a sensory storm! This type of sensory input can be done with hands or feet and is a great way to encourage exploration. One of the most fun ways to receive sensory input is to create “Sensory Twister”. This was discovered on theinspiredtreehouse.com and is a great example of how to make sensory play fun without the mess! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Sensory Savvy – Kinetic Sand

Also known as “moon sand”, kinetic sand is material that looks like sand, but sticks together like snow! This is a great sensory tool to work on tactile integration, manual manipulation, and fine motor skills. It’s a cost effective and fun tool to use in a variety of ways. Interesting in learning how Cogwheel Clinic uses this? Email us today at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000.

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Sensory Savvy – Chewies

Chewies are a funny name for a great oral motor/sensory tool. Chewies are typically silicon based (FDA medicalar grade approved and BPA free), and come in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. They are an alternative for those who mouth toys, chew on clothing, or require significant sensory input. Chewies come in different resistances to provide the most beneficial sensory feedback.  Chewies can look as simple as a tube, or as complex as a bracelet or necklace. Your occupational therapist is best suited to assess your child’s possible need for a chewie and what kind they would benefit from the most. For more information about this great tool, feel free to contact us!

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