Guide to Multi Sensory Environments

Here are some suggestions of what a sensory seeker and sensory avoider may look like and some equipment/techniques that may be beneficial.

Please keep in mind that there is no one size fits all! Everyone is unique. Most people will often present both seeking and avoiding behaviours at different times. There are times when that child may become over stimulated and need calming down, and other times when that child may be under stimulated and need alerting stimuli.

If you require more input, seek additional help from a professional.

Sensory seeking

What this may look like

Equipment/techniques that may be beneficial


Hand flapping Enjoys spinning bright or shiny objects Turning on and off lights repetitively Holds objects close to their eyes Actively smells everything Craves strong and unusual smells Yelling or talking loudly Producing repetitive sounds such as clapping Seeks out loud noises

Projectors Bubble tube with changing lights Interactive games


Aromatherapy Create smelling bottles


Music mat Music Sound tactile wall


Prefers varied textures Craves hugs and prolonged contact May play rough

Messy play Tactile wall or blanket


Chewing on inedible objects Choose strong tasting foods Have a large appetite



Rough play, including jumping, bumping and wrestling Crave pressure and tight hugs

Weighted blanket Lycra Resistant band


Constant motion seeking, running and spinning Engages in impulsive irregular movements Enjoys being upside down May not register pain or hunger Have more frequent accidents as they struggle to identify they need the bathroom

Spinner Peanut ball Rocker chair


Use educational prompts: mirrors and feeling cards to help understand bodily cues


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