SENSORY PATH RESOURCE CENTER
For almost a decade now, we’ve been creating sensory pathways and activity circuits here at Fit and Fun Playscapes. Ten years ago, we started with simple outdoor playground stencils, but have now expanded into indoor graphics that stick to floors and walls and portable recess games that can be brought anywhere. Today, we sell more than 200 products in our shop, many of which can be used for your sensory path/sensory pathways needs, both indoors and outdoors.
We’re pleased to bring you our brand-new Sensory Path Resource Center, the hub of all things sensory path related. Here, you can access our sensory pathway stickers and products, as well as learn more about what exactly a sensory path is and how your school, playground or community can benefit from having one.
Keep checking back as we continue to add more features and information to this page.
What is a sensory path?
A sensory path is an evidence-based, colorful, creative and playful way for kids to improve motor planning, fundamental motor skills, and build stronger sensory connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, touch, sound, balance, proprioception etc., which enable kids to complete complex, multi-stage tasks. Sensory pathways are also an important part of a larger umbrella concept called “sensory play,” which is exactly what it sounds like: play designed to stimulate and improve your child’s senses.
What is sensory play?
Traditionally, sensory play is any play designed to improve a child’s ability to process and interpret sensory input from the environment. Sensory play can also be used to improve vestibular (balance), proprioception, spatial awareness, and motor planning in ALL kids including those with disabilities. Examples of sensory play can include anything from digging and playing in a sandbox (tactile) to hanging from a jungle gym (proprioception) to swinging on a swing set (vestibular). Sensory pathways are environments that are simply designed by a teacher to promote and encourage multiple opportunities to engage in sensory play.
Who created sensory paths?
Short answer: no one! Though a few have tried to say that they are the original creators of sensory paths, there’s really no “first sensory path.” In reality, sensory paths were developed piece-by-piece over many years with research from Occupational Therapists and Adapted PE teachers.
Who can use a sensory path?
Everyone and anyone! Although sensory paths were originally designed to help children with spatial or learning disabilities catch up to their peers, sensory paths have also been used effectively with adolescents, teenagers, and adults.
Written by Timothy D. Davis, Ph.D., CAPE,
Associate Professor, SUNY Cortland, Department of Physical Education
Click the following links to access our blogs about Sensory Pathways:
Fit and Fun Playscapes can help you discuss and plan your classroom, hallway or outdoor sensory pathways. We can collaborate with you to create the custom designs you want, or assist you with finding a local installer if you prefer.
Reusable Stencils are made of high-quality plastic that can be used to paint movements and activities, usually outside. We sell the paint too!
Indoor Super Stickers are made from the best adhesive materials to ensure the easiest application, highest durability and residue-free removal.
Roll-Out Games To-Go are portable and simply unroll wherever you go. Made of reinforced vinyl that ensure maximum durability and use.
We are so excited to share these funding opportunities with our Fit & Fun community! Give us some time to collect these for you and check back.