How an sensory diet/lifestyle can help Autistic children

How an sensory diet/lifestyle can help Autistic children

A sensory diet/lifestyle can help a child’s nervous system to feel better organised and therefore assists the child’s attention and performance.

Just as the body needs the correct food evenly spaced throughout the day, so does the body need activities to keep its nervous system at the optimal level.

A qualified occupational therapist can develop a sensory diet/lifestyle. They will often recommend a sensory–motor activity daily programme which helps to energise or settle children.

Each session may include:

Alerting activities

These activities stimulate the body’s central nervous system in preparation for learning. Such as bouncing on a gym ball, jumping on a trampoline, skipping, star jumps.

Orgainising activities

These activities demand the brain and body to work together. Like balancing on a wobble board, rolling, or juggling.

Calming activities

These activities give an awareness of their body in space and increases the ability to self-regulate. Such as heavy muscle work and deep pressure e.g. joint compressions, wall pushes, push ups, using weights, using an Gym ball. Swinging can also be calming.