Sensory Needs Meter
The Sensory Needs Meter (illustration is not yet translated) teaches someone to recognize the state of his sensory processing. That can be quite complicated at first. Sometimes it is difficult to indicate when, for example, you become overstimulated. Therefore it can happen that a 'boiling point' is reached all of a sudden. The person did not notice certain signals.
That is why it is nice if you can teach someone to indicate whether he is under- or overresponsive, or that they notice when they reach a limit. As a parent or caregiver you may also learn to recognize signals better, so that you can warn the person in time and you may be able to prevent them reaching their boiling point.
If you, as a parent or counselor, think that your child or client is not aware when they experience too little or too much sensory input, then start practicing together with the Sensory Needs Meter. On this you can see how they are doing: Is his input balance correct or not? If not, is it
because they lack input, or do they experience too much input?
In this way you give someone a tool to check for themselves whether they need something to (continue to) feel comfortable, so that they can do what they have to do at that moment. As a parent or caregiver you can respond to what someone needs; more or less input.
Here an English version will follow of the manual of the Sensory Needs Meter.
Look at downloads VB for variations on the sensory needs meter.
The Sensory Needs Meter is an instrument…
- … with which people learn (to communicate about) what their sensory needs are
- … so they know what they need at that moment:
- more input (activate)
- less input (calming)
They will look at:
- Is my sensory input balance correct? Is the amount of input experience good for me?
- Do I feel 'off' and can't I do what I want or have to do in this situation?
- Do I need more or less input?
Click on the illustration to download the sensory needs meter. You can print it, cut it out and assemble it with a split pin.
View the video below video, in which I explain to children how to use the Sensory Needs Meter (Dutch).