Snacks for the Sensory Seeker

Guest Authored By Grace M, M.S. OTR/L

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Many of our sensory seeking children self-regulate by chewing or sucking on non-food items. Chewing on their shirt sleeve or sucking on their fingers helps to organize, calm, soothe, and regulate their sensory systems. Providing a chewy necklace or bracelet is a great way to feed their sensory system, but there are also certain snacks that you can feed their bodies to help them regulate too! This blog gives ideas of some snacks to try that provide great sensory input for your sensory seeking child.

Crunchy snacks provide a lot of pressure input to the jaw. These snacks include:  

Blue Bird Day and snacks for a sensory eater

  • Nuts 
  • Thick or hard granola bars 
  • Apples, pears, carrot sticks, cucumbers 
  • Pretzels 
  • Crackers 
  • Ice chips 
  • Rice cakes 
  • Bagel or pita chips 
  • Graham crackers 
  • Dry cereal 

Chewy snacks promote an increased rate of chewing as well as providing a lot of input. Some examples of these snacks are: 

  • Fruit snacks 
  • Fruit leather 
  • Dried fruit 
  • Raisins 
  • Chewy mini bagels 
  • Gum 
  • Sausage sticks or beef jerky 

Sucking on snacks and drinks also provides great resistance in the mouth for sensory seekers. Try these ideas: 

Blue Bird Day and snacks for a sensory eater

  • Drinking liquids through a crazy straw or small coffee stirrer straw 
  • Drinking a smoothie or yogurt through a regular straw 
  • Sucking on apple sauce or yogurt squeeze pouches 
  • Sucking on hard mints 

 Next time you give your little sensory seeker a snack, try one of these to nourish both their bodies and sensory systems!