Did you know the Statewide 4-H Service-Learning Topic is Special Needs Awareness? The month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is common that those with Autism face some sort of sensory issue. In fact, sensory sensitivities are a symptom used to help diagnose Autism.
Those faced with Autism’s sensory issues often face hyper-sensitivities (over-responsiveness) or hypo-sensitivities (under-responsiveness) to variety of things.
These can involve:
For a better understanding of the “sensory overload” those with Autism encounter, watch the video in the link provided. https://vimeo.com/103697707
Having sensory-stimulating toys, such as the ones you will make today, have a tremendous influence on those with certain conditions, not just limited to Autism. Sensory toys help to build up nerve connections to the brain and encourage motor skills which is one of the many reasons they are so important!
Today you will have the opportunity to make three easy at home sensory toys including: stress balls, meditation bottles, and a sensory zen garden. Below are the demonstrations along with the instructions to follow along!
Remember that this will be a messy activity, so you may want to place several towels out or complete over the sink for easy cleanup.
This activity helps with calming down someone with sensory issues as they can play with the "sand" and organize the rocks until they are no longer feeling sensory overload.
For step by step directions see the handout attached. For more information on Autism you can visit Autism Speaks.
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