FREE SENSORY ACTIVITIES
What Helps? Poster
Identifying Helpful Coping Strategies
Activity Description: This activity is designed to help children and adults identify helpful strategies for different emotional situations. Two situations are chosen. Small pictures from the attached sheets are cut out to represent various helpful strategies. They are glued under the chosen situations. When completed this poster should be made available to staff, family members or care providers so that they can help the person choose helpful coping strategies when they are in an emotional crisis.
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Sense-ability Group Learning Activities for Young Children
Fun filled activities to substitute in the Learning Stage of the Sense-ability Group
Description: The six stage Sense-ability Group is the hallmark of the Sensory Connection Program and is featured and described in detail in the Sensory Connection Program: Activities for Mental Health Treatment books. The group can be easily adapted to the elementary or pre-school setting. Most stages need minimal adaptation. The Learning Stage activities in the books are geared more towards mental health but any skill building activities can be substituted from learning the alphabet to counting or learning colors. This handout describes nine new activities that can be used to make the group applicable to young children.
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The Ball of Responsibility Game
Practicing Strategies for Crisis Intervention
Game Description: As the Ball of Responsibility is tossed back and forth from the group leader to a participant, ideas on ways that staff can support the person in emotional crisis are explored and then the participant identifies strategies that they are willing to try in the event of crisis.
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The Tree of Self Esteem Game
Identifying Our Positive Qualities
Game Description: This game uses an activity handout to identify personal strengths. This game can be used in the Learning Stage of the Sense-ability Group or in other skill building groups. It can be easily adapted for all ages and abilities.
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Self Care Game
Directions and game cards are included. Just print them out on card stock and laminate.
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Game Description: Participants answer questions regarding ten aspects or categories of self-care (Self-Regulation, Hygiene and Appearance, Sleep and Relaxation, Healthy Leisure, Good Eating Habits, Sobriety, Exercise, Inner Peace and Spirituality, Self-Improvement, and Health Management).
"I Tried It" Activity Sheet
Activity Description: Participant tries 19 sensory related activities over a period of time. As activities are explored, a score for the helpfulness of the activity is placed in the corresponding box.
Use this activity sheet to motivate clients (or staff members) to explore various sensory activities and track responses. When all activities have been tried, reward participant with their own sensory tool such as a Koosh or fidget widget. You can substitute alternative activities and pictures to match those available on your unit. Find a representative picture on Google Images and tape it on top of an activity you are not using and make a copy of the new sheet.
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