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Sensory Activities for Individuals With Autism

autism ot sensory sensory activities Jul 01, 2022

Sensory activities can be a very beneficial tool. These activities can help children explore their senses, develop motor skills, and improve their self-regulation skills.  Engaging children with Autism in these types of activities can be very beneficial to help them explore their environment and improve self-regulation skills. This categorized list of simple activities can give you some ideas to incorporate sensory play into your routine!


What are sensory activities?

A sensory activity is an activity that involves any of the senses. This includes taste, touch, hearing, sight, smell, vestibular and proprioception.

Activities that incorporate the vestibular system are movements that place the head in different positions (i.e. jumping, spinning, inverted yoga poses).

Activities that incorporate the proprioceptive system are movements that provide input to the muscles and joints (i.e. crawling, deep pressure, pushing/pulling).


Sensory play can be beneficial to all children. Engaging children with Autism in these types of activities can be very beneficial for learning and development.
These Activities can:

  • Provide calming techniques during stressful situations
  • Help sensory-processing systems
  • Improve Motor Skills
  • Improve Self-Regulation Skills


Tactile Input Activities - “Touch” sensation

*Important Note* - Some individuals may have tactile sensitivities and aversiveness to certain textures.

  1. Play-Doh
  2. Kinetic Sand
  3. Pop-Its
  4. Water Beads
  5. Arts and Crafts/ Finger Painting


Vestibular Input Activities- Movements that place the head in different positions.

*Important Note* - Some individuals may have vestibular sensitivity and aversiveness to certain vestibular movements.

  1. Structured jumping
  2. Swinging
  3. Structured Spinning
  4. Inverted yoga poses (i.e. downward dog)
  5. Rocking in a rocking chair

Proprioceptive Input ActivitiesMovements that give input to the muscles and joints.

*Important Note* - Some individuals may have sensitivities and aversiveness and aversiveness to certain movements*

  1. Deep pressure – the child can give themselves a hug or you can give them a hug
  2. Stomping/Marching
  3. Crab Walks/Animal Walk
  4. Carrying heavy objects (i.e. books, laundry basket)
  5. Gardening


Sensory Activities can be a great way for children to explore their senses and learn self-regulation skills. 


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