Sensory Diets: Creating an Optimal State of Mind : The world is full of sensory information. Many children and adults reduce sensory input to help them stay calm, or they seek input to help them stay alert. They chew gum, doodle while listening, or move their legs up and down. These movements help keep the body engaged in a task. However, for kids with sensory processing needs, they require more strategies and therapeutic support to stay focused and regulated throughout the day.