Sensory Diets: Explained

The Anonymous OT

We pediatric OTs sure love big words and jargon. Hey, you can’t blame us. We need to sound fancy every once and awhile, especially since we are typically covered in shaving cream and glitter for the majority of our work day. One of our favorite phrases has to be “sensory diet,” a term created by Patricia Wilbarger, an OT who has made significant contributions to the field of sensory integration.

What is a sensory diet?

My husband has been married into the peds OT life for the better part of a decade. At this point, he pretty much gets it. But when I asked him what came to mind when I said “sensory diet,” he shrugged and said, “An apple wearing headphones?” Sigh… (But also, thanks to him for the title image for this post.)

A sensory diet is a set of activities tailored to meet the specific sensory processing…

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