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Reasons Why a Sensory Diet is Important

Jan 25, 2018 | Treatment, Wellness

Sensory issues can explain how you react to sensory stimuli. You are either over-sensitive or under-sensitive when it come to your senses. There are 8 senses that are deemed to be affected when somebody has sensory processing disorder (SPD).


  • Visual – responsible for sight
  • Auditory- responsible for hearing
  • Olfactory – responsible for smelling
  • Gustatory – responsible for taste
  • Tactile – responsible for touch
  • Vestibular – responsible for balance
  • Proprioception – responsible for muscle/joint movement
  • Interoception – responsible for internal sensors


When any of your senses are out of sort, you may need to engage in stabilizing and focus activities to help you with SPD. A sensory diet, which has nothing to do with hunger, may be what your occupational therapist can develop for you. Every person has a different sensory diet plan that must be customized to meet their own personal needs to handle their sensory processing disorder. This specialized sensory diet is designed to personalize a schedule of sensory exercises that will benefit you daily.

Sensory activities help the brain to explore natural ways of encouraging you to expand or diminish your capabilities for processing sensory information. The brain may be instrumental in generating a connection for stronger conversion. The effects of a sensory diet will help in a variety of different ways.

  • Endure sensations that may be challenging.
  • Launch a less stressful way to handle sensations.
  • Reduce the need for sensory-seeking and sensory-avoiding practices.
  • Adjust how to react to emotions.
  • Decrease hyperactivity.
  • Increase calmness.

Therapists use SPD to not only stimulate sensory processing, but to stimulate without overwhelming you or attaching your sensation activity to a failure. Some of the therapies that are used can really establish an appropriate response to ease sensations.

  • Physical Therapy helps with sensory integration.
  • Vision therapy helps with improving motor skills.
  • Speech therapy helps with language modifications.
  • Listening therapy helps with sound frequencies in the brain.
  • Psychotherapy helps with overcoming anxiety that is produced by sensations.

Being flexible to a sensory diet is useful for helping you cope better to the stimulus around you that is causing you stress. When an uncomfortable situation arises, it is a good idea to have something to resolve the sensations like some specific tasks that are laid out in a sensory diet. You may still be hungry, but you can better manage sensitivity to the catalyst of your 8 senses and get them back to the levels that you need them to be.

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