A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sensory Processing Therapy - tool to help parents manage sensory diet & home programs is a tool designed by parents for parents. It's especially helpful for kids who have trouble processing sensory input, which is common in kids with autism or ADHD. Kids will need parent support to use this tool, at least at first, but then some kids will be able to use it independently. Parents can easily send data via email to teachers, therapists, or medical professionals. Though Sensory Processing Therapy is free, users are required to pay a monthly or yearly fee to access all features.
What's it about?
Using SENSORY PROCESSING THERAPY - TOOL TO HELP PARENTS MANAGE SENSORY DIET & HOME PROGRAMS, parents can design a daily list of sensory activities for kids to complete and rate their experience. The app opens to a guide on how to set up activities: Parents click on the schedule tab, choose a daily schedule, and add activities that best fit a kid's needed sensory regimen. Activities are diverse and fit within a well-designed occupational therapy plan: proprioception activities (including deep touch, wrapping, pulling, jumping, and bouncing), vestibular activities (sliding, rolling, spinning, swinging, riding, and being upside down), and oral activities (mouth games, chewing, frozen foods, strong flavors, and blowing). Parents also can record weekly observations of their kids' sleep, food, play, and emotional patterns by choosing the observations tab. All this data can be sent via email to therapists, teachers, or other medical professionals. The schedule of activities can be shared among devices: A parent can adjust activity schedules as their kids develop more or less specific sensory needs and send the adjustments to a kid's iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Though it's free to download, the full version requires a subscription ranging from $14.99 for three months to $35.99 for 12 months.
Is it any good?
For kids with sensory processing delays, Sensory Processing Therapy - tool to help parents manage sensory diet & home programs is a must-have. It organizes at-home therapy activities in such a way that makes it engaging and accessible to kids and creates concrete data for parents and therapists to use in deciding future therapies. The developers of Sensory Processing Therapy have experienced sensory processing disorder first-hand with their own children and continue to provide online support beyond the app itself (this support is available from the settings gear).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about setting realistic weekly sensory goals. Start small and work up to more frequent therapeutic activities. Have kids chart their progress and see how their observations change as they increase their sensory activities.
Engage kids by having them design their own sensory activities to add to their daily schedule. Help them create a short video to include with their description.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, gross motor skills, movement
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (subscription $26.99/3 mo.)
- Release date: February 17, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 5.10 MB
- Publisher: SensoryTreat Ltd
- Version: 2.62
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: March 29, 2021
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