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Top Tips to Support Adding Sensory Strategies to Home Routines

For many children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), daily routines can be a source of anxiety and overwhelming stimuli. However, with the help of some simple sensory strategies, these same routines can become a calming and supportive part of the day.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Incorporate movement into your child’s routine whenever possible. This could mean adding a short walk or jog outside before breakfast, doing some jumping jacks during TV time, or dancing along to a favourite song during dinner prep. Just a few minutes of extra movement each day can make a big difference in your child’s ability to focus and stay calm throughout the day.

2. Create a visual schedule of the day’s events. This could be as simple as posting a list of activities on the fridge or using a whiteboard to map out the day hour by hour. Having a visual reminder of what’s coming next will help your child feel more in control and less anxious about the unknown.

3. Make sure your child has ample opportunities for heavy work activities throughout the day. These are activities that provide deep pressure and proprioceptive input, such as pushing/pulling heavy objects, carrying laundry baskets, or engaged in vigorous play (e.g., wrestling, pillow fighting, etc.). Heavy work activities help kids to self-regulate and stay focused on tasks at hand.

4. Incorporate some calming sensory activities into your child’s routine as well. These could include things like deep breathing exercises, listening to calm music, or playing with fidgets or stress balls. Calming sensory activities help to lower arousal levels and promote relaxation.


Sensory strategies can be extremely helpful in managing daily routines for children with SPD. By incorporating movement, visual schedules, heavy work activities, and calming sensory activities into the day, you can set your child up for success in managing their sensory needs at home.

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