Sensory Strategies


Often there is a misconception that specialist equipment is needed for sensory strategies, but equipment need not be expensive at all, and can often be homemade.

A duvet ball bag can easily be made. Take a single duvet cover and fill about one quarter to one third full with ball pool balls. It can be used for a multitude of different activities, below are 8 ideas of activities which all provide regulating sensory input using the duvet ball bag. I am sure you will be able to find lots more ideas.



1.  Crawl through a tunnel into the duvet ball bag and collect items.





2. Get inside the duvet ball bag and use as a retreat space.





3.  Lie on front over therapy ball and collect balls or toys from inside the open duvet ball bag.





4. Tie up the ends of the bag.  Lie on the floor with duvet ball bag on top of child, and then bag can be rolled gently over child, or deep pressure applied.





5. Place duvet ball bag on floor at one end of bench. Pull along the bench, take out a ball and throw into a target.





6. Small children can get inside the bag and the adult can then gently rock the bag from side to side.





7.  Lie over swing on front, place balls on the floor around swing, and the duvet ball bag in front about 6 feet away.  Pick up balls while swinging and throw into the duvet ball bag.




8.  Lie on front on scooter board and collect items/balls out of duvet ball bag, placed at other end of the room.







The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun

For more ideas see ‘The Out of Sync Child has Fun‘ by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

This book features more than one hundred fun, simple ideas that don’t need expensive pieces of equipment.



Hauck Lightening Go Kart I saw this go kart being used recently in a school playground.  Great way to get vestibular and proprioceptive input.






Abilitations Inflatable Sensarock with Balls – this is a great piece of equipment that provides vestibular input.  Can be quite hard to source in UK.






Spring and Summer Term Courses

There is a programme of courses arranged for the Spring and Summer Term.    All  courses are now held at The Space Centre, Preston and are open to teachers, professionals and parents. Applications are now open  and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please apply early to avoid disappointment.  All courses are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

All courses are also available as INSET or in house training, please contact us for further details and prices.

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder  

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27 and 28 March 2019

The Space Centre, Preston

Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These people may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, sights and sounds.

This popular two day course will provide participants with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience at school, home and other settings. The main focus of this course will be to give participants the tools necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then set up simple and appropriate sensory strategies. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at The Space Centre on Day 2.


Sensory Processing and Autism

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12 June 2019

The Space Centre, Preston

How can we understand and address some of the sensory difficulties we see in children and adults with autism? How can I extend my knowledge and skills in working in this area?

Increasingly, teachers and health professionals working with children and adults with autism are expected to have an understanding of the sensory processing difficulties faced by those with autism, as well as the ability to implement simple strategies and alter the environment to accommodate the individual’s sensory needs. Additionally, for establishments that are seeking Autism Accreditation, ‘Sensory Issues’ is one of the core standards.

The aim of this one day extension course is to provide teachers and health professionals, who have a basic understanding of sensory processing difficulties, with the skills needed to apply that understanding to the everyday difficulties that children and adults with autism experience in different settings. This course will further develop participant’s knowledge base including the neuroscience of sensory processing, and the ability to then apply this knowledge to set up more complex strategies, both for individuals as well as whole school/curriculum/service strategies.  There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at The Space Centre.