Group Activities for Sensory Integration

Participants appropriate for a sensory integration group include those who display difficulty with:

  • Academic skills
  • Attention
  • Auditory discrimination
  • Balance
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Body awareness
  • Emotional security
  • Eye-foot/hand coordination
  • Fine/gross motor skills
  • Flexibility
  • Force or grading of movement
  • Gravitational security
  • Hand preference
  • Healthy relationships with others
  • Kinesthesia
  • Muscle tone
  • Postural stability
  • Praxis including motor planning
  • Self-comforting
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-protection
  • Self-regulation
  • Social skills/pragmatics
  • Speech and language skills
  • Tactile discrimination
  • Visualization
  • Visual discrimination

Contraindications for Group Treatment for Sensory Integration

  • Behavior that precludes effective interaction within a group setting

Group Activities for Sensory Integration

  • Obstacle course
  • Making sand castles, mud pies
  • Rolling in the grass
  • Playing props with various types of fabric or materials
  • Trampoline
  • Follow the leader (e.g., walking on pillows/non-compliant surface, crawling inside barrel or tube, balance beam, monkey bars)
  • Gentle rough-housing
  • Looby-loo/ring-around-the-Rosie
  • Jump rope
  • Rope climbing/tug-o-war
  • Kick ball, soccer, or other impact games
  • Strike a pose to music for proprioceptive training
  • Playground equipment (e.g., monkey bars, climbing through tubes, swing, slide, merry-go-round, teeter totter)
  • Floor or wall “Twister”
  • Bowling/mini golf/croquet
  • Jai Alai
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Flashlight tag
  • Balloon volleyball
  • Games with ball play for hand-eye coordination
  • Video Obstacle Course
  • Band with musical instruments
  • Rhythmical tapping/workout activities to music or a metronome
  • Sounds/sound games (e.g., Farmer in the Dell)
  • Whistling
  • Musical chairs or other music-oriented games
  • Rhyming games
  • Olfactory craft projects (e.g., creating potpourri sachet)
  • Coordinating activities with eating (e.g., playing with round balls and then eating round foods, listening to snapping, percussion-type sounds and then eating crunchy foods)
  • Planting and eating from your own garden
  • Blowing light-weight items (e.g., cotton balls) in a determined path or direction; blowing bubbles, pinwheel, balloons, bubble gum
  • Mirror activities (e.g., kissing the mirror, making faces in the mirror, putting on make-up
  • Proprioceptive games (e.g., Simon Says, Monkey See Monkey Do, Mirror-Mirror, Mother May I, Red Light Green Light, Paddy Cake, Miss Mary Mack)
  • Fine motor activities (e.g., playing dress up with various pieces of clothing, play dough, assorted building blocks/sets, Lincoln logs, marbles)
  • Squeezing squirt bottles for arts or blowing items in a race

Courtesy of Care2Learn's Clinical Care for Therapy Newsletter

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