When it comes to raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), parents are always looking for ways to help their kids explore and engage with the world around them in meaningful ways. That’s why sensory boards can be such a great tool for parents of children with ASD. Not only do they allow children to use their senses in creative ways, but they also offer an opportunity to learn, play, and grow. Let’s explore what exactly sensory boards are and how you can make one for your child.
What is a Sensory Board?
A sensory board is a board that has different materials attached to it that create various tactile sensations when touched or manipulated.
These items may include:
- interactive buttons
- light switches
- and other items that provide the user with new textures each time they interact with them.
This board serves as a way for children on the autism spectrum to explore and engage their senses without leaving the comfort of their own home.
How Can I Make a Sensory Board?
Making a sensory board is actually quite easy!
All you need is…
- some wood (or any similar material, if you use plywood, definitely pay extra for sanded plywood) in whatever shape or size works best for your space
- some strong glue
- and the items you wish to attach to it. The possibilities are endless!
You could attach different fabrics or textiles like fur or velvet; plastic objects like buttons or coins; beads or marbles; small toys like blocks or figurines; magnets; bells; feathers; and many more things!
Once everything is securely attached to your board, your child will have hours of fun exploring all the different textures and shapes. It’s even more fun when you incorporate the sensory play into your routine that follows the curriculum of your therapists.
What are Some Benefits of Using Sensory Boards?
Using sensory boards can have numerous benefits for both children with ASD as well as their parents. By exposing children to different types of textures through the use of these boards, they can learn how to better regulate themselves emotionally while using all five senses at once – something which can be hard for many people on the autism spectrum due to sensory sensitivities. Additionally, these boards promote creativity and help develop fine motor skills by encouraging children to move pieces around on the board in order to interact with them in new ways. Finally, sensory boards give parents an opportunity to bond with their children by playing together on this fun activity!
Sensory boards offer parents of autistic children an excellent opportunity to help foster creativity while aiding in emotional regulation and fine motor skill development. Plus, it’s easy enough for anyone—even those without any DIY experience—to make one right at home! So if you’re looking for something fun yet educational that you can do with your child today – try making a sensory board together and see just how much fun you can have learning together!