Sensory Backpacks

Sensory Processing Support Program

Having a toolkit of resources to support my child while we are out in the community has been a lifesaver for both me and my son.

 Sensory Backpack Program:

Children and Youth who live with Sensory Processing Disabilities often do not have the ability to filter our external stimuli (such as loud sounds; bright lights) making outings difficult for both them and their families. Because of this, children who live with these types of disabilities (i.e. autism) often have “smaller worlds” and do not get to do or experience the same things as many of their peers.

In order to support children who may experience sensory overload, Variety – the Children’s Charity has created Sensory Backpacks filled with resources for self regulation, tactile input, attention focusing tools, and body awareness support items.

Our goal with these are to:

  • Help manage the sensory bombardment children experience when going on outings.
  • Help reduce the stress of parents knowing they will have support where they are going.
  • Help the child focus on parental cues with having excessive stimuli reduced.
  • Help reduce the frequency and intensity of behaviours that are often triggered by sensory overload (i.e. arm flapping; yelling; laying on the ground kicking; throwing things etc.).
  • Help make outings more enjoyable and positive for both the child and their family.
  • Increase the likelihood of the child and family participating in more outings from daily routines to fun activities.


Variety launched our sensory backpack program in stores and child friendly facilities. These backpacks are available free of charge for sign out in specific locations around our province.


Posters for the stores/establishments:

Southern AB Locations:

  • Blush Lane (Marda Loop) – Calgary
  • Bonavista Church
  • Buy-Low Foods – Blackfalds
  • Calaway Park
  • Calgary Library Locations:
    • Bowness
    • Central
    • Crowfoot
    • Fish Creek
    • Giuffre Family
    • Louise Riley
    • Nose Hill
    • Saddletowne
    • Seton
    • Shawnessy
    • Southwood
  • CF Chinook Centre – Calgary
  • Genesis Centre – Calgary
  • KidStrong Locations – Calgary
  • Mount Royal University (MRU) Summer Camp Programs – Calgary
  • SMILE Therapy – Calgary
  • Southcentre Mall – Calgary
  • Story Book Theatre – Calgary
  • Telus Spark Science Centre – Calgary
  • Vecova Centre for All Abilities – Calgary
  • VIVO – Calgary
  • Pincher Creek – Home School Program

Central AB Locations:

  • Gasoline Alley Farmers’ Market
  • Bower Mall
  • Collicutt Centre
  • Recreation Centre
  • G.H.Dawe Community Centre
  • Michener Aquatic Centre
  • Westerner Park
  • Red Deer Public Library – Downtown Branch
  • RDPL: Dawe Branch
  • RDPL: Timberlands Branch
  • Family Services of Central Alberta
  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
  • Co-op Food Store: Timberlands
  • Central AB Coop: Deep Park
  • Kerry Wood Nature Centre
  • Central Alberta FASD Network

Northern AB Locations:

  • Telus World of Science – Edmonton
  • Edmonton Zoo
  • Coop Locations – Edmonton
  • Autism Edmonton
  • Kingsway Mall – Edmonton
  • Fire Place Rec Centre – Fort McMurray
  • Wood Buffalo Regional Library – Fort McMurray

Saskatchewan Locations:

  • RCMP Heritage Centre – Regina
  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum – Regina
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame – Regina
  • Saskatchewan Government House – Regina
  • Western Development Museum – Saskatoon; Yorkton; Moose Jaw; North Battleford
  • Nutrien Wonderhub – Saskatoon
  • Hopes Homes – 5 locations in Saskatchewan
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