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unwind1One of the most difficult times of the day for our sensory kids is the “afterschool time” upon arrival home. Throughout the day, kids have used every internal resource they have to “hold it together” to meet the expectations of the school day. Add to that the amount of sensory input found within the classroom, the limited access for sensory output, and the energy release throughout the day based on the classroom.  By the time kids arrive home, they often present as ticking time bombs ready to explode when the next expectation is placed upon them such as “Do your homework”, “Get ready for dinner”, “Time for soccer practice”.

These kids are in need of sensory unwind time. Creating a sensory space and providing ideas or options of sensory based activities will allow your child to be in control of their sensory unwind time to regain their “just right” state to enjoy the remainder of the day.  Here are some ideas:

Sensory Space
Designate a space in your home where your child can access the sensory toys and equipment that they enjoy and seek out. If you have a nearby park or backyard jungle gym, swing set, or sandbox, all are great spaces to let off sensory steam. For your indoor sensory space, here are a few sensory items you may incorporate.

  • [easyazon-link asin=”B0066XPB9A” locale=”us”]Crashing pillow[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B0035MGCHK” locale=”us”]beanbag chairs[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B008R0XTYO” locale=”us”]Small trampoline[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B006M931M2″ locale=”us”]Exercise ball[/easyazon-link] to bounce or roll on
  • Fidget toys or putty
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B001TZGI5G” locale=”us”]Weighted blanket[/easyazon-link] … to name a few