52 Weeks of Sensory was developed by a mom of a toddler who's had many picky eating and sensory issues but has seen tremendous improvement through lots of regular sensory play. Get started with 52 Weeks of Sensory here!
Importance of Sensory Play
You've probably heard all about the importance of sensory play for your child. You've read how sensory activities can help your child develop nerve connections in the brain and help with your child's development in multiple ways: cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, social interaction, memory enhancement, and the ability to complete complex learning tasks. (Source)
Just like me, you probably feel a bit guilty and feel like you're never doing enough sensory activities with your child.
Sensory Play for Picky Eating
Have you ever felt helpless and frustrated because your child only eats the same few things and refuses to even try new foods? Does your child sometimes freak out at the sight of new foods and textures?
Have you ever noticed that your child’s refusal to eat is making you dread mealtimes and is starting to negatively impact your relationship with your child?
Well, you are not alone. We were there too and sensory play helped our family with these issues.
Sensory play is so so important to help with picky eating and food aversion. Our feeding therapist always says:
"If it feels good in the hands, it will feel good in the mouth."
Experiencing different textures in a fun, safe, playful environment can make babies and toddlers more open to trying new foods. I've seen it with our son.
We've had our son in feeding therapy to help with picky eating for several months. Each therapy began with sensory play, which woke up his senses and made our son more open minded to trying new foods.
I remember thinking...
"Why am I paying someone hundreds of dollars to do activities that we can easily do at home??"
So I decided to make a commitment to my son's sensory development and do a new sensory activity with him every week for a year. That's how 52 Weeks of Sensory was developed. I would LOVE for you to join me!
52 Weeks of Sensory - Frequently Asked Questions
What is it?
52 Weeks of Sensory is a program, a "challenge" of sorts, that I developed giving you a weekly sensory play idea you can do with your child for a year. Each week, you'll have a new sensory activity to do with your child, along with tips, regular reminders to help you stay on track, and exclusive content that is created for those who are in the challenge.
52 Weeks of Sensory was developed with picky eaters in mind, with lots of tips for how to use the activities to help your child be open to trying new foods and make it easier for them to accept new foods and textures.
Who is it for?
52 Weeks of Sensory is for parents who are ready to commit to their child's sensory development. For parents who are stressed about their child's eating and are ready to take actionable steps to help their child and reduce dinnertime struggles.
It is for parents who KNOW they should be doing more but life gets in the way and they forget. For parents who need a little motivation, a few friendly reminders, and a little personalized help to tailor the activities to their child's individual needs.
52 Weeks of Sensory is perfect for babies and toddlers from about 1 to 4 years old. Babies and younger toddlers can grow into these sensory activities, which can be done over and over and modified as the child develops and grows.
Your child doesn't NEED to have any eating or sensory issues in order to do this challenge. It is perfect even if you simply want to spend more quality time with your child and get them engaged in creative, educational activities starting from an early age.
If you aren't sure whether 52 weeks of sensory is right for your child, please email me and we can talk about it: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to start in January? Can I start mid-year?
You can start anytime! Do not wait until a specific date to begin your child's sensory development. Some of the activities are somewhat aligned with the time of year (for example, there is a pumpkin activity in October and a few outdoor activities for the summer), but you can absolutely skip around.
Do you guarantee results?
Just like professional occupational therapists can't exactly guarantee results, I don't guarantee any magic transformations with 52 Weeks of Sensory. As always, talk to your pediatrician or another professional if you have any concerns about your child's development.
However, sensory play is always recommended by occupational therapists, and we've personally seen amazing results with our son.
You've got nothing to lose.
At this point, one of two things will happen:
- You don’t try 52 Weeks of Sensory and things continue as they are now.
- You give 52 Weeks of Sensory a try and commit to doing a new sensory activity with your child every week, improving your bond with your child and teaching them new things with every activity. After 52 weeks of sensory activities, your child might be more willing to touch new textures and that might even translate over to food!
Let's do this! I want in!
How much is it worth for you to have a program with a simple weekly sensory activity (saving you hours of planning), as well as monthly reminders to hold you accountable, and personalized support to meet YOUR child’s needs?
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