Sensory Disorders

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This page is a compilation of my favorite tools available to learn about sensory processing disorder in children and incorporate sensory experiences in speech therapy. Discover research, ideas, websites, and resources for sensory issues!

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What is sensory processing disorder (SPD) and why do SLPs need to be educated about it?

Children with SPD do not have adequate sensory processing skills to receive, organize, interpret and respond to sensory information efficiently. This negatively affects their attention, behavior, and development.Speech-language pathologists do not diagnose or treat SPD. But, it is not uncommon for a child with sensory processing disorder to also receive speech services. SPD is especially common in those diagnosed with autism – research shows 78% of autistic children present with sensory difficulties! Often times children with SPD are viewed as lazy or as having behavioral issues when in reality the sensory problems are the cause. This is why it is crucial that, as SLPs, we gain an understanding of SPD and how to help a child with their sensory needs. In doing so, we can understand the root of the behavior, avoid meltdowns, and make progress in intervention.

START HERE >> How to Help a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder Succeed in Speech Therapy



  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Tactile
  • Olfactory (smell)
  • Gustatory (taste)
  • Vestibular (head position)
  • Proprioceptive (the sense that tells the body where it is in space)


Why You Should be Using Sensory Play in Speech Therapy
The Importance of Movement in Learning
Strategies for Tantrum-Free Transitions
How to Use Sensory Bottles
Why You Should Be Using Sensory Bins in Speech Therapy


Listen to a podcast episode where I discuss SPD in speech therapy! Real Talk SLP Podcast 

Guide to Sensory-Friendly and Accessible Event Planning


SLP Handy Handouts – This download contains a handout that explains the 2 types of sensory processing disorder, sensory strategies, as well as sensory bin and sensory bottle fillers.

Gliding Minimal Pairs Sensory Bin – Target gliding in the initial position with this activity! Put these cards into a sensory bin with a filler that is appropriate for your student.

Play Dough Mats – Incorporate play dough sensory play in your sessions with these free mats.


Behavior Social Story – A social story mini-book on how to handle frustration in color and black & white. A great way to discuss feelings and appropriate ways to express them!


Sensory Bin Seasonal Vocab and Object Function Bundle – Target object function and seasonal vocabulary with this fun activity! 

Sensory Bin Stimulus Cards – Versatile cards to instantly turn common therapy goals into engaging activities with no prep!

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