Super Toys: DIY Sensory Toys and Projects to Support Sensory Processing: A maker’s guide to creating personalized sensory tools and toys for children
Is your child sensitive to or overwhelmed by sensory input such as certain kinds of touch, motion or sounds? Has a therapist or other professional suggested your child would benefit from fidgets, weighted clothing, or other sensory soothing tools? If you want to use your creativity to make the toys and tools most often recommended by therapists, this book is for you!
Super Toys: DIY Sensory Toys and Projects to Support Sensory Processing includes more than 30 projects ranging from simple tools that can be assembled in minutes, to weekend endeavors where you can invest your time and love.
Step-by-step directions with color photographs help you create projects such as a: weighted blanket, weighted shirt, rocker board, fidget bag with DIY fidgets, lap weight, body “sock,” tactile blanket, t-stool, I-spy bag, sensory garden and more. The instructions are complemented by information about each sensory system and ways to modify the projects to meet individual needs.
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About the Authors:
Kristin Cockrell, MOT, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist with 15 years of experience working with children in both clinical and school settings. In addition to raising three children, one of whom has sensory processing disorder, she is an owner and director at Color, Construct, Create Studios, a therapeutic art program for children based in San Diego, California. Find Kristin online at www.colorconstructcreate.com.
Melissa Haworth started sewing weighted blankets for a friend’s therapy practice and realized that there wasn’t a comprehensive book of instructions to make tools and toys to support sensory processing. She has taught a variety of sewing classes around Sacramento, California and in addition to maintaining a personal crafting blog she has contributed to books and magazines. Find Melissa online at underconstructionblog.typepad.com.