Our 1 yo has been diagnosed with SPD and described as "hyperactive." So we have him in OT and his therapists have been recommended various things for a "sensory diet." The more I learn about SPD, the more I suspect my 5 yo might be affected in some ways. He is starting to show signs of being diagnosed with ADHD when he hits kindergarten.
To avoid the meds and the behaviors increasing, I'm starting him on a GFCF diet, but suspect he may benefit from a sensory diet as well.
I'm trying to come up with ideas and am failing... I could set up a water table outside. I love the idea of scooping/filling/etc activities in bins with rice or beans or sand but the 1 yo will eat them if I'm not careful (and I'd love to have some activities he can do without me supervising closely) and the 5 yo will just fling the stuff everywhere. Same thing with things like shaving cream.
Everything I have found online involves something that sounds great, but in reality I know will not turn out well. The 1 yo can't even use play dough without trying to eat it or fling it around. There is no therapeutic benefit to him the way he uses it, v. the way the therapists assume he will.
Any ideas that won't make more of a mess of my house than it is already, that are safe for a 1 yo to do without me in arm's reach, and that will actually benefit the kids' needs for input?