Sensory Walk - To improve tactile (touch) processing

Occupational Therapy
Sensory Walk - To improve tactile (touch) processing

 

What is a sensory walk?

It is typically a fun or colourful pathway that is used for children to explore new or different sensory experiences. A sensory walk is a great way to explore the sense of touch, especially for children with tactile sensory processing needs.

How to create sensory walk?

Use large containers that are shallow enough for young children to walk through, containing sensory objects/ items. Typically, 3-5 containers are enough to create a stimulating sensory walk, but you can add or remove containers depending on a child’s need. The following materials can be used to create a sensory walk in the comfort of your home:

  • plastic tubs
  • towels
  • door mats
  • materials to fill the tub – water beads, sand, colored water, shaving cream, confetti)

What are some of the benefits of sensory walk?

Sensory walk allows children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information, helping their brain to create stronger connections to sensory input and learn which are useful, and what can be filtered out.

Through sensory walk, your child can learn to block out the tickling sensation, or pressure on the feet which is not important and focus on play/task.

More reasons sensory play is beneficial for children include:

  • Building nerve connections in the brain
  • Development of motor skills
  • Encourages ‘scientific thinking’ and problem solving

Other forms of sensory walk you can try:

Not every sensory walk has to be about walking through containers of different materials. Textures such as grass, sand, water, pebbles, leaves, rocks in a beach or a park can be beneficial. 

Authors

Balasubramnaina

Occupational Therapist

 

Chitra Thadathil

Speech Language Pathologist

 

 

 

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