The story

By the time my oldest son was 2 years old, we knew that there was something a bit different about him. He didn’t enjoy the same foods as most other toddlers, he disliked the feeling of playdough or paint on his hands, he had a strong preference for his left hand only, and he became anxious and withdrawn in loud and busy environments, to name a few quirks.

Shortly after his 4th birthday, he was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, a condition that affects how your brain processes sensory information.

This set me off on a journey to find suitable activities and games for him, and through my own research and some wonderfully resourceful playgroups and therapists, I found ways to stimulate his senses and encourage development in his own way.

Today he is a healthy and happy 7 year old, who enjoys a variety of activities – even “messy play”!

I developed the Sensory Shoebox to share with parents and caregivers some of what I have learnt in the last few years. Whether your toddler is on track with their development or developing in their own, unique way, these activities will help them learn, explore and have fun.