Sensory input is so vital to the emotional and behavioral regulation of kids and adults. Think about big hugs, back massages, and shoulder rubs… all of these actions are relaxing because they activate deep touch receptors in the skin that release calming chemical changes in the body. Obtain that deep sensory input anywhere and at any time by using this sensory steam roller.
How to Use
For a calming effect, begin with the sensory steam roller at the top of the child’s arm, leg, or back. Remember that rolling the steam roller downwards is calming whereas rolling it upwards is alerting (the opposite of calming). Once you roll it downwards to the end of the body part, lift the sensory steam roller off the body and start again at the top. Don’t mix up and down rolling movements as it will negate the calming effect.
The roller can be used on multiple body parts such as the back, arms, and legs. Avoid sensitive areas such as the chest, face, and head.
The child can be sitting, standing, or laying face down on the ground. Apply as much pressure as the child requests and tolerates. Continue for 5 minutes or as tolerated.
How to Construct
Grab a large rolling pin, hand towel, and 2 rubber bands
Lay the towel down and slowly roll the towel around the rolling pin and then secure the towel on both ends with rubber bands.
Who Can Benefit
Any individuals can benefit from this activities, especially those with:
- Sensory Needs
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Sleep Difficulties
- Muscle Tension/Soreness
- Poor Body Awareness
This activity is simple to do anywhere and at any time. The supplies and the cost are minimal but the effects can be enormous! Roll out some calmness into your life with this genius sensory steam roller!
Patricia Crocker says
What is the neurological basis for your statement that rolling down is calming and rolling up is alerting?
Amy Smith says
I learned that concept from a continuing education course I took on sensory processing. The course was called “Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior? The S.A.N.E approach”
This works wonders for my son. He has issues with anxiety and SPD. He begs for this treatment. Thank you so much for sharing!