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Shaving cream

Put shaving cream on a table and allow children to run their hands through it or use objects to create patterns and textures.


For children who are sensitive to textures, cover the shaving cream with plastic film so that they can become accustomed to the texture gradually.


• Social interaction

• Exploration of textures

Shop keepers

Help the children set up a pretend shop, selling whatever they like.

Children take turns being shop keeper and customers, where they need to ask for the goods they want and make pretend purchases.

Practise turn taking, conversation and requesting skills.


• Communication

• Social interaction

• Turn taking

• Sharing

Simon says

Facilitator calls out “Simon says” and instructs:

– an emotion (when targeting emotions)

– a gesture (when targeting gestures)

For example, “Simon says wipe away your tears.” The children will then repeat the emotion. If an emotion is called without facilitator saying “Simon says” first, the children must not move.


• Social skills: emotions

• Communication: gestures

• Listening to instructions


Sitting in a circle, children all sing the same song, performing associated actions. (See songs section for lyrics.)


• Group engagement

• Communication and language


Mix one cup of soap flakes with two litres of warm water and a few drops of food colouring in a shallow tub. Allow children to come together to touch and play with the slime.


• Social play

• Exploration of textures

Social stories

Develop a story written in the first person about a particular circumstance and use images to help communicate the sequence. One social issue is addressed in each story: an emotion, a response or a social event/outing. This may help prepare children for what they might feel and what they could do in these situations.


• Adaptability to different social situations

Sort the feeling

Cut out faces from a magazine that portray different emotions (e.g., happy, sad, angry, etc.) Ensure you have multiple pictures of each emotion. Encourage children to sort the emotions into their emotional categories.


• Recognising facial expressions – emotions

• Communication and language

Staring contest

Two people look at one another in the eyes and try not to blink. The first person to blink loses the game. This game is particularly useful for children who are slightly competitive.


• Eye contact

Texture steps

Cut out squares of different textured materials (cloth, aluminum foil, bubble wrap and wax paper) and create a path for the children to walk along.


• Exploration of textures

• Gross motor

Wheelbarrow races

Children are paired. One child places his or her hands on the ground with the second child standing behind, holding the first child’s legs in the air. The team then races other teams. Alternatively, have adults (parents and facilitators) hold the children’s legs up during the race.


• Vestibular hyposensitivity

• Motor planning

• Proprioception

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