- Engage student in up and down movements (i.e. jumping rope, bouncing a ball, trampoline) to wake up student.
- Back and forth movements (i.e. swinging, sitting in rocking chair) may help calm student.
- Use stress balls, theraputty and fidget toys.
Types of sensory input
Sight: Visual patterns, certain colors or shapes, moving or spinning objects, and bright objects or light . Smell: Specific smells. Some kids like to smell everything, while some kids are able to detect — and object to — smells that other people don't notice.
Sensory Seeking Activities
- Use an air cushion for movement while your child stays seated during school work.
- Have your child perform work activities like pushing a shopping cart, carrying groceries, or pulling a wagon.
- Encourage them to play on the playground on climbing equipment or by sliding or swinging.
Sensory input describes the response our sensory organs (such as eyes, ears, mouth, tongue, skin, etc.) have whenever it receives stimuli . That stimuli is what's perceived by any of our 8 senses: smell, sight, touch, taste, hearing, and the internal sensory systems (proprioceptive, vestibular, and interoceptive
Provide earplugs or noise-muffling headphones to help with noise sensitivity . Let the student use handheld fidgets; consider using a fidget contract. Have chewing gum available or attach a chewable item to the end of a pencil for a sensory-seeking student.
the stimulation of a sense organ, causing a nerve impulse to travel to its appropriate destination in the brain or spinal cord .
Maintaining balance depends on information received by the brain from three peripheral sources: eyes, muscles and joints, and vestibular organs (Figure 1). All three of these information sources send signals to the brain in the form of nerve impulses from special nerve endings called sensory receptors.
There are the ones we know – sight (visual), taste (gustatory), touch (tactile), hearing (auditory), and smell (olfactory) . The three we're not so familiar with are vestibular (balance), proprioceptive (movement) and interoceptive (internal
Calming Sensory Strategies for School
- 1 || A quiet space and a way for the child to signal when she needs a break. ...
- 2 || Calming Tactile Input. ...
- 3 || Calming Oral Sensory Input. ...
- 4 || Calming Auditory Input. ...
- 5 || Calming Visual Input. ...
- 6 || Calming Proprioceptive Input. ...
- 7 || Calming Movement. ...
- 8 || Yoga, Breathing, and Meditation.
In traditional SI therapy, the OT exposes a child to sensory stimulation through repetitive activities . The OT gradually makes activities more challenging and complex. The idea is that through repetition, your child's nervous system will respond in a more “organized” way to sensations and movement.
General top tips:
- increase your knowledge of why your child is behaving the way they are.
- become a 'sensory detective'
- try and increase child's self-awareness of how they are feeling and why.
- help the child to self-regulate their behaviours.
- change the environment.
Here are three ways you can help your child with SPD achieve in school:
- Educate the teaching staff about your child. Educate school personnel about SPD. ...
- Ask the school to evaluate your child for an IEP or 504 Plan. ...
- Suggest a sensory diet and specific accommodations.