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Hi Welcome to today’s blog on sensory diet

Well I am wondering that we all have heard about sensory diet but do we exactly know what is it all about ?

So when all of us were chilling in college around 1991 there were two occupational therapists going by the name Wilbarger and Wilbarger

These two professionals devised an individualised plan of physical activities and accommodations to meet the sensory needs of a person

So what is so special about this plan ?and how is it benefitting

Ahh this plan focusses on giving an appropriate amount of sensory input throughout the day for a person with sensory processing difficulty to stay organised and an achiever





Now what is goal behind this sensory diet , please note earlier we discussed the benefit of sensory diet

Goal 1 – to prevent sensory overload or overstimulation

Goal2- to provide good emotional regulation

Goal 3– to meet needs of the sensory nervous system

Goal 4- to become recovery technique from a meltdown

Goal 5- to increase the attentiveness

Goal 6- to instill calmness

Goal 7-to cut down anxiety

Goal 8- to have a control and better interaction

What all is included in a sensory diet

All activities can either address all the sensory systems or just one specific sensory system

Lets explore one by one

Lifting . pushing , pulling activities can give proprioceptive input

So vacuuming , swimming ,push ups , playing hopscotch, carrying backpack ,pushing a stroller , lifting weights , and push ups against the wall are important sensory diet activities for proprioception

When it comes to sensory diet for vestibular system , following will be the activities on your bucket list , swinging on a flat swing ,lying in a hammock ,rolling on the carpets , mats ,dancing and spinning on sit n spin disc

On the other hand , the tactile system is one sensory system that is very vital to promote calmness . so for this sensory system sensory diet activities would be drawing in sand , suji (semolina)or salt , massages the hands and legs,playing with playdough , squeeze balls and messy play with shaving foam and water play

Other senses cannot be ignored in the sensory diet and are also an essential part

For auditory – listening to music , nature sounds , playing musical instruments like drums . listening to sounds of running water and also using noise cancellation headphones to dampen unwanted sounds like pressure cooker , vacuum cleaners

For smell (olfaction)- explore calming scents like lavender , jasmine , vanilla , musk rose . while some people would be preferring alerting scents such as peppermints , coffee

Some would love to smell certain herbs , detergent , shampoo

For taste (gustatory)- certain crunchy food stuff serve as a great sensory diet e.g veggies that are raw , popcorn , wafers , chips , nachos , apples . Some people can be given chew jewellery in form of necklace , bracelets of raisins , marsh mellows

While some people wont like to chew but suck and lick , for this purpose sensory diet should include popsicles , ice cubes , shakes with straw

So when you are lost and you feel a sensory diet is definitely your rescue , don’t forget to scroll through my blog on Sensory diet and I know you will agree that it is wholesome


Creative efforts and ice cube lover – Heena Sahi

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Vestibular sense and Autism

Vestibular sense and Autism

Sensory Integration is an innate neurobiological process.

It is mainly integration and interpretation of sensory stimuli from the environment by the brain

In sensory integration process , there is an important sense called the vestibular sense

What is vestibular sense ?

There are structures in the inner ear called semi- circular canals  that can detect the movement and changes in position of the head . Well when you feel giddy , it is vestibular sense that is acting up

Infact it is this sense that tells you when your head is tilted or upright

So when there is dysfunction in this sensory system the child can get either hypersensitive. This can be seen that child has fearful reactions towards swings , ramps , slides and difficulty to climb or ascend the stairs . This child might seem clumsy or fearful in space when exposed to a vestibular stimulation

On the other hand , the child would be seeking the vestibular sense a lot. This is visible as excessive jumping , or spinning

This means the child is hyposensitive to vestibular stimulations and therefore seeking them to regulate themselves

Evaluation of the sensory system can be performed by trained and certified occupational and /or physical therapists

Now when you opt for sensory integration therapy , what is the therapist actually doing for your child with vestibular dysfunction

Goal 1 :provide the child with sensory information so that they can organise the central nervous system

Goal 2: to assist the child in inhibiting and /or modulating the sensory information

Goal 3: to encourage the child to have a more organised response when presented with sensory stimuli /information

It is important to opt for sensory integration therapy so that child can experience good sensory system function, develop play skills , self regulate and have less challenging behaviours

This blog ‘s main focus is to aware parents about vestibular sensory system. It is about what happens when you see , hear and opt for sensory integration sessions for vestibular sense 


Creative Efforts and Swing Lover – Heena Sahi

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