I’ve been helping teachers find a variety of sensory solutions for their students on the autism spectrum for years. I’ve recommended things like jars with interesting smells, play tables with sand, water and pasta, weighted vests and trampolines. All of these things and more, yet until just recently I had never actually seen one sensory item that has tons of sensory benefits….the body sock.
I had never actually seen one in person nor had I ever seen a student inside of one.
I walked into my teacher’s classroom and saw her student in a bright blue body sock having the time of his life. His body was going every which way and he was getting tons of compression and movement inside. This was so cool to see!!! I had to know where she got it and if they came in different sizes.
The body sock you will see in the video is a large which fit me just fine. The little guy in the classroom was in a medium size sock.
Take a look at the video and you can see me having some fun in a body sock!!! Yes…I actually got in it!!
I had to borrow the sock you saw in the video and took it immediately to another classroom where we have a student on the spectrum who has extremely high sensory needs. When I arrived, he was having a “bad” day. I showed him the green body sock, held it open and asked him if he wanted to get in. This little guy is non-verbal but made it clear he was very happy to get in and give it a try.
He spun, he laughed, he punched, he opened and closed his mouth. He had a blast inside the body sock. At one point he popped his head out, smiled and popped back in. Then after a few minutes he popped his head out, but continued to wear the sock like a cape.
The positive change in this student’s behavior was significant!!! I immediately requested an order for him to have his own sock that we could leave in the classroom.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s video as much as I did!! I just had to share with you my fun, first personal experience with this awesome sensory tool!!! If you’ve got a student who is seeking out sensory, try a body sock. They’re an amazing tool that you may want to have in your toolbox!!!
You can get body socks from many places. My teacher got hers from the TherapyShoppe.com. The socks come in small, medium, large and extra-large.
I would love to know if you have used a body sock or some other wonderful kind of sensory tool with your students. Please share so I can pass it on!!
You take care and I’ll see you next time!