Sensory balls for students with severe or multiple intellectual disabilities
This is an excerpt from Build It So They Can Play by Teresa Sullivan,Cindy Slagle,T.J. Hapshie,Debbie Brevard & Vic Brevard.
- Need and Disability
These tools offer visual and tactile stimulation for students with severe or multiple intellectual disabilities. Students have a variety of balls to squeeze and manipulate with their hands. These homemade balls provide stress relief and a remedy for fidgeting.
1. Cut off the top of the pantyhose. Cut the legs into 6-inch strips and tie a knot on one end of each.
2. Turn it inside out so the knot is on the inside.
3. Using a funnel, place 1 cup of beans or rice into the hose, then tie another knot to make a ball.
4. Cut off the end of a balloon and work it over the ball.
5. Use another balloon to secure the opening so that the ball is covered with two balloons.
- Ideas for Using This Equipment
Sensory balls can be used in a beanbag toss or in catch and release exercises.
Use other materials inside the hose (such as sand or flour).
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