Our children need different approaches to their sensory regulation depending on what their individual needs and challenges are. What might work for one child, won’t necessarily work for another. The good news is that there are some great products our there to suit all needs – here are just a few to work through to see what fits your child best!
Have you heard about Kaiko Fidgets? A family-owned and run business founded by Kai, a 13-year-old boy on the spectrum and his mother Jo, an occupational therapist.
What started as a hobby for Kai to originally overcome his own struggles with anxiety
soon become a booming business assisting many of his school peers and local community members. So, if you’re looking for cool, discreet and robust sensory tools suitable for all ages check out their best sellers “the works kit” plus more in their extensive range at www.kaikofidgets.com.au
WORKS KIT RRP $69.95
With a sense of security, calm and a heap of fun – Body Socks offer
a unique proprioceptive and deep pressure experience. Utilise them by incorporating fun games whilst your child wears the body sock, or just chill out within the safe space it provides! To check out their full range go to www.bodysocks.com.au
RRP FROM $46.00
Wendy’s Weighted Blankets are the perfect accessory to any sensory collection. Ranging from Sensory Fidget Lap Pads to Sensory Weighted Blankets, all quality products are handmade in Australia. To discover Wendy’s range, head to www.wendysweightedblankets.com
RRP FROM $100.00
Mindfulness, yoga and meditation
Healthy screen time for 21st century kids! More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. Some schools are even seeing the benefits of introducing yoga into the school day!
Studies have shown that sensory compression to help regulate emotions makes a positive impact for children and adults alike. JettProof garments provide the perfect dose of sensory input to help calm, soothe and support self-regulation. They aid in filtering sensory information to improve the ability to listen and learn. www.jettproof.com.au
RRP FROM $29.95
Protac SenSit is a sensory-stimulating chair that provides a sense of security and calm and increased levels of concentration among users. The chair is filled with balls in the seat and back and in the special neck and side wings. These wings can be placed around the body for a secure and calming effect.
RRP $ POA
Hopscotch Pad Light Up Tiles
Stunning interactive light up tiles! Each time a coloured square on the Hopscotch Pad is pressed, a corresponding colour square illuminates on the wall. Enjoy your own collection of musical sounds by loading them through the USB Interface from your computer.
RRP $ POA
Funky Monkey Bars
Sometimes we just need to monkey around to get all our frustrations out! And what better way than a backyard Funky Monkey Bars set? Check out their brilliant range at www.funkymonkeybars.com
RRP FROM $990.00
What better way to get rhythmic and beat the blues than by drumming! Drumming has been found to have therapeutic benefits such as reducing tension, anxiety and stress; it boosts the immune system and releases negative feelings and emotional trauma. Check out the What’s On at your local library as many libraries now offer drumming as an activity!
Social Stories Apps – I Create Social Skills
There is a vast collection of social stories apps out there, it’s hard to pinpoint just one! Social stories allow you to create a story particular to your child’s needs and understanding. For example, it might be a social story about attending an event for the first time – like a birthday party. You can create the social story to let your child know in advance, what they may encounter and expect, to help with their regulation.