Classroom Sensory Strategies
Before you decide what types of tools and sensory strategies to use in the classroom, you must first be able to answer these questions: Let’s start with these questions…
- What’s going well for your student in the classroom?
- What type of sensory input does your student enjoy?
- What types of sensory input does your student seek or crave? (e.g. movement, touch etc)
- On the other hand, when does your student’s performance fall apart?
- What type of sensory input is avoided?
- When do you see behaviors such as avoidance, tantrums or shutting down?
An OT is trained in making this type of assessment, the feedback from parents and teachers regarding a child’s daily routines at home and school are key pieces of information to formulate a treatment plan or what I call a “Sensory Strat Plan” (SSP).
In some cases, you may need to add an extra (S ) for “Sensory Survival Strat. Plan” (S.S.S.P.)!
Test your School Sensory Smarts
- Touch (Light Touch)
- Taste/Oral Motor
- Proprioceptive (Deep pressure touch and body awareness)
- Vestibular (Movement and Position in Space)
How did you do?
To be continued…. Discover how these activities and pieces of equipment can support your student’s learning, attention and performance at school.
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