Download: Sample Sensory Diet
A sensory diet is a group of physical activities that can help your child stay alert and calm at the right times. It can be used as part of sensory integration therapy.
A sensory diet can help “even things out” if your child is overexcited at times or too tired at others. It can provide your child with the sensory input she needs to be in a “just right” state.
This printable template includes examples of sensory diet activities your preschooler or grade-schooler can try. It also includes a worksheet, which you can use to keep track of how your child feels before and after each activity. (There’s also an example of a filled-out worksheet, to give you a better idea of how to use it.)
If you use the worksheet consistently, patterns may emerge. You’ll start to see the type of sensory input your child needs (tactile, visual, auditory, oral-motor, movement or heavy work) and at what time of day.
Be sure to consult with an occupational therapist if you’re interested in a sensory diet. If your child already has an occupational therapist, have him monitor the sensory diet, too. And if your child isn’t responding positively to an activity, don’t force her to do it.