(Sensory Integration Activity for Proprioception)
1) Roll Out the Dough – Have child lay on the floor and take any house pillow and roll it over his/her body providing firm, deep pressure.
2) Brush on the Flavor – Using a soft brush, like a baby brush or a sensory brush provided by your occupational therapist, brush on “the chocolate or strawberry etc.” Brush each limb from trunk out to fingers or toes for twenty seconds. Do not brush belly, back or face and avoid brush strokes from periphery inward.
3) Stick on the Arms and Legs – Keeping the knee extended, apply joint approximating pressure through heel toward hip 10 times on leg. Repeat with arms, elbows and wrist extended and pressure through the palm to the shoulder.
4) Cook in the Oven – Cover the child completely with a heavy blanket including head and count down from 20. Pull off blanket and reveal cookie.
5) Pull Cookie Off the Sheet – Have them stretch up high to the ceiling then touch their toes and repeat 5 times. “Lift up to the sky to un-stick your heels and then reach down to un-stick your toes.”
6) Run, Run as Fast as You Can – Ask them what animal cookie have they have become and then walk like that animal singing
“Creep, Creep, Really Slow, Slow As A (Name of animal) You Will Go,
Run, Run Just As Fast As You Can You Can’t Catch Me I’m The Cookie Man”
- Proprioception defined: How your brain knows where your body is (pedicenterfortherapy.wordpress.com)
- Is there an equivalent of proprioception for objects? What is it called? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Brushes: What Are They and What Are They For? (thesensoryspectrumblog.com)
- PEDI Center, TheraTogs lowering cost of therapeutic clothing (pedicenterfortherapy.wordpress.com)