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Sensory Delight: The Power of Kinetic Sand for Tactile Sensory Integration



Sensory Delight: The Power of Kinetic Sand for Tactile Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is a crucial aspect of therapy for individuals with autism, aiding in emotional management and enhancing their daily lives. One remarkable tool that has brought joy and therapeutic benefits to countless children is kinetic sand.

So, what exactly is kinetic sand? Unlike ordinary sand, kinetic sand is a magical creation that can be molded like clay while also having a silky, flowing texture. It is not only enjoyable for kids but also for adults. Fortunately, you can easily find it in retail stores.

Beyond its fun and malleable nature, kinetic sand offers a wealth of benefits for tactile sensory integration, making it an ideal medium for children on their developmental journey. Let's take a look at why it is so amazing:


1) Sensory Stimulation: Kinetic sand provides a rich sensory experience by actively engaging the tactile system. As children touch, squeeze, and manipulate the sand, they receive valuable sensory input that helps regulate their nervous system. Moreover, this activity allows them to get a deeper grasp of the vestibular system and proprioceptive sense, enhancing overall body awareness.


2) Calming and Soothing: The tactile experience of playing with kinetic sand has a remarkable soothing effect on children with autism. The gentle pressure and repetitive movements involved in manipulating the sand promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and create a sense of calm in a world that can often be overwhelming for them. Furthermore, integrating essential oils into the play with kinetic sand can stimulate the processing of smells, adding another layer of sensory delight.


The benefits of kinetic sand go far beyond mere entertainment. Sensory integration is something our Recreational Therapist, Sean, implements during his interventions. By embracing different textures through kinetic sand, these children not only engage their senses but also experience emotional and developmental growth.


To find out more about how our Recreational Therapist can assist you in various ways at Personal Best, please visit our website at pbet.ca and book an appointment with Sean Wilson.


By Sean Wilson & Emily Kao


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