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Here is a sample sensory diet, created for a second grade child with sensory processing disorder. Note that activities must be individualized for each child and modified frequently to meet changing needs. A separate program was worked out for this child with the school, including frequent movement breaks, an inflatable seat cushion for wiggling while remaining seated, and providing crunchy/chewy oral comfort snacks at handwriting time.

In the Morning

* Massage feet and back to help wake up
* Listen to recommended therapeutic listening CD
* Use vibrating toothbrush and/or vibrating hairbrush
* Eat crunchy cereal with fruit and some protein
* Spin on Dizzy Disc Jr. as directed
* Jump on mini-trampoline as directed

After school

* Go to playground for at least 30 minutes
* Push grocery cart or stroller
* Spinning as directed
* Mini-trampoline. Add variety: have him play catch or toss toys into a basket while jumping.
* Massage feet to “reorganize,” use therapy putty, make “body sandwiches,” wheelbarrow walk
* Do ball exercises as directed
* Listen to therapeutic listening CD
* Oral work — suck thick liquids through a straw, eat crunchy and chewy snacks, or chew gum before and/or during tabletop activities

At dinnertime

* Help with cooking, mixing, chopping, etc.
* Help set table, using two hands to carry and balance a tray
* Provide crunchy and chewy foods

At night

* Family time: clay projects, painting projects, etc.
* Warm bath with bubbles and calming essential oil
* Massage during reading time

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