Sensory Processing Therapy - tool to help parents manage sensory diet & home programs

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Great tool for managing varied daily sensory activities.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to manage their own sensory therapy activities and can feel empowered to complete diverse tasks and submit feedback to parents and therapists. The app is geared primarily toward parent use, but children older than 12 may feel confident in building their own schedules, providing accurate feedback, and/or submitting observations on sleeping, eating, and playing. Sensory Processing Therapy - tool to help parents manage sensory diet & home activities can help parents, kids, and therapists act as a team to manage a kid's varied diet of sensory experiences.

Ease of Play

Sensory Processing Therapy - tool to help parents manage sensory diet & home programs requires a significant amount of set-up by a parent or guardian, though the activities are easy to access and choose. Once the app is set up and after some instruction, it's possible a kid could use it independently, depending on his or her skill level.

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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.

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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.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Health & Fitness: fine motor skills, gross motor skills, movement
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
  • Subscription price: 3 months: $14.99; 6 months: $29.99; 12 months: $35.99
  • 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

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