A sensory diet is tailored to meet a child’s specific needs. The activities included depend on the sensory issues the child has. For example, if a child is sluggish (occupational therapists call this low arousal), a sensory diet might include a routine like this:
The plan would spell out how many times to repeat this circuit of activities and how long each session should last. (The effects can last for hours.) It would also include how many times to do the routine throughout the day.
Plans vary by child. Other common activities are somersaults, log rolling, hopping up and down, and push-ups. A sensory diet might also involve sensory “experiences.” These are things like using fidgets or chewing crunchy foods throughout the day.
sample sensory diet and worksheet