Oct 19

TIPS by Aspire- ABA Center Europe (ACE)

Research has shown that all children can benefit from sensory integration at home or at school. The benefits of a sensory rich environment are even greater for children who have some imbalances in their sensory regulatory system, causing them to feel under-stimulated or over-stimulated. In addition to receiving occupational therapy (OT) services, parents can try sensory activities at home with their child to help increase abilities related to fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory processing abilities, balance, coordination, core strength, and posture.

Activities to promote fine motor skills:

  • Squeezing putty or play dough, making various detailed shapes
  • Playing with legos, small figures, or games with small pieces
  • Puzzles: use thumb and index finger to pick up and rotate pieces
  • Tweezer or chopstick play: try picking up small objects like rice with tweezers and placing in a container some distance away
  • Craft activities that utilize cutting, coloring, handwriting, rearranging small pieces

Activities to promote gross motor skills:

  • Ball play: catching, throwing, bouncing between people, rolling. Vary the size of ball, overhand, underhand, use of legs and arms.
  • Obstacle course activities: crab walk, army crawl, bear walk, crawling under objects
  • Simon says, Red Rover, other games that incorporate jumping, running, skipping, climbing movements

Activities that promote sensory regulation:

  • Use swings in various motions: forward and back, side to side, in circles
  • Activities that include movement: riding a bike, being pulled in a wagon
  • Rocking in a hammock
  • Deep pressure activities like muscle massage, using a pressure blanket, pillow pressure

Activities that promote postural control and muscle coordination:

  • Sitting and bouncing on a therapy ball
  • Games that focus on balancing
  • Scooter board or riding bikes


A great way to incorporate various sensory sensations that can help with multiple skills is to build your own sensory bins or sensory bags.

Sensory Bins 1

Start with plastic containers and fill with different textures, then add smaller pieces into the mix. The various tactile sensations can promote fine motor and gross motor skills while encouraging imagination.

Try using dry materials as a base: uncooked pasta noodles, beans, colorful beads, rice, buttons, pom poms, packing peanuts, or feathers.

Some children might also like a wet texture base: water with food coloring, fake snow, shaving cream, bubbles, oobleck (homemade gooey texture)

Sensory Bins 2

For on-the-go sensory, try making sensory bags: fill a plastic bag with water, homemade goo, small objects or glitter to create a handheld sensory tool. Find some great ideas here.

Sensory Bags



Interested in receiving professional, customized ABA services for your family in the home, after-school program or at school in the Netherlands or Spain? Our BCBA and staff will help with behavior challenges, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Disorders, ADHD or related disorders. Contact Aspire- ABA Center Europe (ACE) at info@abacenter.nl or visit: abacenter.nl



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