I attached 2 documents. One is the case where you have to answer all the questions and the other is a guide to help in the case.

It is necessary to mention and explain all the affected sensory areas and create a detailed schedule for the patient (This type of treatment has nothing to do with food. A sensory diet is a tailored plan of physical activities and accommodations designed to meet a child’s sensory needs)

Case Study Pediatrics

Sensory Diet

Body is a 10 year-old male child. He attends school near his home. His grandmother brings him to school every day. Body has never received any type of therapy prior to today as he was living in another country and ‘home schooled’. His grandmother reports her grandson was having a hard time making friends and was very bright, but his teacher did not know how to work with a child who was bright. It is noted that Body does not utilize utensils during feeding, but eats with his fingers and has only finger foods in his lunch box. Also Body has trouble holding a pencil during classroom work and prefers to write with a large crayon. He insists that the crayon is the only thing he can use. He also has an adversion to hot and cold food. He prefers only room temperature foods and drinks. He also prefers to wear a “favorite sweater” every day. He likes how it feels. During the observation the Occupational Therapist noted that Body was not able to complete his classroom work. He also had trouble with sitting quietly in the chair. He often wanted to tap his feet and was disruptive to the classroom. He could not attend to the teacher providing instructions. During reading you noticed that Body held the book out in front of him instead of having the book sit on the desk in front of him. He also seemed to read the same paragraph several times. Socially, Body does interact with the other children and seems to want to sit very close to them, or play rough with them.

1. List the problems

2. List the systems your will address

3. List the activities for the problems and how to incorporate Sensory Diet into the treatment

4. State how the evidence supports your treatment

5. Present your findings and demonstrate your treatment. Type the findings and attach your evidence


Sensory Diet

Guide Book

Cindy Chuan
Occupational Therapist


A “sensory diet” is a planned and scheduled activity program designed to meet a child’s individual
sensory needs (Wilbarger, and Wilbarger, 1991). It is related to activities that a child performs through
their day to help them to “modulate” their bodies – It is not food related at all! Think about some of the
activities you do to relax – Do you go for a jog? soak in a hot bath? go for a massage? drink a warm
drink? Think of the activities that give you energy. The activities that might relax some people may
actually energize others.

We live in a world full of sensory information and some kids have difficulty coping with the sensory
information they receive in their daily lives (visual, auditory, vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, taste, etc).
Some kids can be seek sensory information and others will avoid it. This can change for a child
depending on their environment or time of day.

A “sensory diet” aims to help a child level it all out and cope. It aims to prevent sensory and emotional
overload by satisfying the child’s nervous system. If you are concerned that your child may have
sensory processing difficulties, contact an Occupational Therapist for an assessment. The assessment
typically involves an interview and questionnaire completed by parents and teachers as well as
observation of your child. This guide book is provided for those whose child’s sensory needs have
already been identified and is not a diagnostic tool.

This guide book is also written for occupational therapists looking for additional suggestions to help
with the formulation of a sensory diet for their clients.This guide book provides examples of activities
that may be included in a “sensory diet” in a home or school environment where specialized equipment
may not be available. These activities are generally suitable for all children, however, professional
advice should be obtained if you are uncertain (particularly with the vestibular system) about which
activities or combination of activities to try. Consideration should also be made regarding your child’s
age and cognitive abilities.

Whilst the activities in this guide book have been categorized, all the sensory systems are connected so
one system may affect another. After trialling the activities with your child, make note of the affect of
the activities. Does it calm your child, arouse them, over-arouse them? It should be noted that whilst
some activities may be calming for one child, it may alerting for another child. When creating a “sensory
diet”; you will need to consider which activities are appropriate, when they should be carried out, for
how long and how often.

There are over 100 activities that I have put together here so if you are overwhelm