Sense to Soothe

The essence of being human is embedded in the sensory events

Sense to Soothe

Sense to Soothe

The essence of being human is embedded in the sensory events

of our everyday lives – (Dunn, 2001).

We are routinely asked about sensory kits. What is a sensory kit? What should be in a sensory kit and how much does one cost? Finally, are sensory kits only for children?

For this article, we will answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) about sensory kits and introduce our Sense to Soothe blog series aimed at helping you to identify your sensory preferences and create a corresponding sensory kit.

Let’s begin by answering the FAQs:

  • A sensory kit is a bag, box, or container that holds a variety of sensory tools that can be used to both calm and stimulate a person’s sensory system.
  • The kit contains tools that are personalized to the individual who intends to use them. Sensory kits may be referred to as calm-down bags, relaxation kits, and comfort boxes.
  • The contents of a sensory kit depends on your sensory preferences and budget.
  • The cost of the kit can range from less than $20.00 to more than $400.
  • And sensory kits are definitely not only for children!

So, what are your sensory preferences? And what costs what?

In attempt to help frontline professionals, their families (and anyone) consider what to add to their stress-reduction repertoire, we will share modalities that can affordably and efficiently reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, panic, burnout, or stress. All modalities are (a) based on sensory modulation, a key component to trauma informed care and (b) useful whether one is at home, work, commuting (except when operating a vehicle), in a waiting room, in line at the grocery store—pretty much anywhere. 

In our Sense to Soothe blog series, we will discuss the following modalities and corresponding senses:

Modality

Sense(s) engaged

Tea

Taste, smell, touch

Aromatherapy

Smell

Binaural beats

Hearing

Therapeutic eye mask

Touch

Expressive arts

Sight, hearing

Cranial massage

Touch

Weighted blanket

Proprioceptive*

Restorative chair yoga

Proprioceptive*, Interoceptive*

Virtual reality; Sight, hearing

Sight, hearing

Sensory balls and therapy dough

Touch, smell

Chilly pads, hot water bottles and more

Touch/Temperature

Snacks

Taste, smell

 

*Proprioceptive: Proprioceptive senses are those of position and movement of our limbs and trunk; the sense of effort, the sense of force, and the sense of heaviness. Receptors involved in proprioception are located in skin, muscles, and joints.

*Interoceptive: The sense that helps people understand and feel what’s going on inside their body (hunger, thirst, respiration).

You are worth taking time for.

Important Note:

Product or service recommendations: Frontline Psychological Services & Wellness, Inc. does not receive compensation or benefit of any type for recommending products and has no relationship, formal or informal, with any of the companies, entities or person(s) that manufacture or provide the products or services. 

Safety warning: Prior to using any recommended resources, practices or modalities, ask your healthcare provider if they are safe and appropriate for you. Frontline Psychological Services & Wellness, Inc. is not responsible for harm, injury, illness or any negative outcome as a result of using any resource, practice, or modality that is featured or recommended on this blog or throughout the website.

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