Welcome autumn with your child's senses
Sensory activities are an important way to encourage kids of any age to explore the colors, textures and shapes around them. From dyed pasta pieces to autumn textures and scents, learn how to create a fall sensory box.
Benefits of sensory activities
Sensory integration (SI), also known as sensory processing (SP) is the way your body organizes sensory messages and tells your body how to respond with the appropriate motor and behavioral reactions. However, for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, the brain is unable to receive and interpret sensory information correctly, making it difficult to process and respond to sights, sounds, textures and more — even everyday tasks. By stimulating children's senses through sensory boxes, these activities disguise sensory therapy through fun activities.
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Options for building sensory boxes
The beauty of this activity is that there are no limits to what a sensory box can contain. For a fall-themed sensory box, consider adding in things that are associated with the autumn season, such as:
While a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology reports that one in every six children may experience sensory processing challenges that are substantial enough to disrupt everyday life, sensory processing disorders span a broad spectrum of severity. So, whether your child is affected by autism and Sensory Processing Disorder or you are just looking for a way to encourage your child to stimulate and explore through touch, smell, taste, sight and sound, all children can benefit from the fun and stimulation of a fall sensory box! Now that you've discovered how easy it is to create a fall sensory box, get your youngster exploring the sights, smells, sounds and textures of autumn!
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