Devices Offering Great Solutions (DOGS)

Sensory Tools


Tools to help with sensory processing


About Sensory Tools 


Our bodies’ senses are constantly giving us information about how things feel, smell, and sound. Some people might be oversensitive to this input, making it hard to tolerate certain experiences. Other people may be under sensitive, which may cause them to seek out additional sensations. Sensory tools can help us balance these needs.

What kinds of sensory tools are there?


Touch (tactile) sensory tools include playdough, therapy putty, kinetic sand, soft surgical brushes, bubble wrap, soft sensory-friendly clothing (seamless, tagless, etc.)

Body Awareness

Body Awareness (Proprioceptive) sensory tools include trampolines, dynamic seat cushions, jump rope, hula hoops, scooter boards, swings, body socks, therapy balls, weighted blankets and lap pads, compression vests, and clothing, Under Armour or snug-fitting clothing. Ask your occupational therapist about wearing schedules and weighted percentages for weighted items.


Hearing (Auditory) sensory tools include noise-canceling headphones, white noise machines, earplugs


Mouth (Oral Motor) sensory tools include Chewelry (chewable wearable jewelry), electric toothbrushes, ARK Z-Vibe Oral Stimulator


Visual sensory tools include ooze tubes, liquid motion toys, light projectors, bubble tubes, fiber optic lights, sunglasses


Smell (Olfactory) sensory tools include scented dough, scented markers, air deodorizer

Balance and Motion

Balance and Motion (Vestibular) sensory tools include spin discs, swings, trampoline


How can I find out what’s new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:


sensory tools, sensory processing disorder, fidgets, stim toys


How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania, you can find your state’s AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out.

Are these in Pennsylvania’s AT Lending Library?