Way of the Cactus has closed. But you can purchase Sways and sensory resources here at The Indie Shop, part of Indie Disability Support

Way of the Cactus has closed. But you can purchase Sways and sensory resources here at The Indie Shop, part of Indie Disability Support

Do you love a sensory seeker?

July 16, 2017

Do you love a sensory seeker?

We all enjoy different amounts and types of sensory input - from whisper quiet treks in National Parks to the busy fun of a Festival or the joy of reading a quiet book under the cover.

Sensory input is anything we experience through the senses- sound, light, touch, smells, and tastes. We also receive constant input from our muscles and other internal systems that help us sense where our body is in space, our movement and how our body feels internally.

Some people find great pleasure from sensory experiences and seek these out. We might use the word 'sensory seeker' to describe this.

Way of the Cactus' Occupational Therapist, Jules, explains "Some children and adults are less responsive to sensory input. We call this hyposensitive. They require more sensory input to get pleasure from sensory experiences, and to regulate themselves throughout the day. They're sensory seekers. Most people in the world have a sensory profile that's quite mixed - they may be hyposensitive in some areas and hypersensitive in others."

Many autistic people and children and adults with ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder are sensory seekers. 

Mud digger

At Way of the Cactus we love to wriggle, jump, chew, crash, feel, smell and touch our way through the day. We love people who feel the same!

Here's some of the many ways sensory seekers might get pleasure and stay calm:

  • Swinging and spinning
  • Jumping on furniture and climbing on parents
  • Crashing in to walls or playing contact sports
  • Enjoying spicy, very cold or hot foods 
  • Listening to loud music
  • Smelling citrus, flowers, or spices
  • Chewing pencils, clothing or hair
  • Digging in dirt or sand
  • Having clutter all around
  • Rocking and swaying
  • Enjoying windy days
  • Talking and singing lots and loudly
  • Jumping from heights, or climbing high
  • Being in the sun
  • Hanging or swinging upside down
  • Being messy
  • Tight hugs
  • Wearing no shoes
  • Swimming, especially in waves
Remember, everyone is different. We all have some sensory experiences that we seek more of, and some that we want to experience less.


At Way if the Cactus we are all about giving people we love MORE awesome sensory pleasures. We recommend everyone get to know their sensory needs and start topping up with a little sensory joy each day.

Sensory seekers can treat themselves to loads of delights at Way of the Cactus, and if you can't decide, we've bundled our favourites for you.

Check them out here: Brilliant Bundles - Way of the Cactus

Celebrate the sensory seekers in your life!