Sensory Classroom Ideas for ALL Students

In general, when students have the proper sensory input, their body and mind are ready to learn. Here are ways to embed sensory classroom ideas for ALL Students throughout the day.

Let’s face it. Everyone has sensory preferences and mine might be very different from the person sitting next to me. When our bodies are able to get the sensory input we seek, we are ready to accept information and learn. In general, when students have the proper sensory input, their body and mind are ready […]

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What is proprioception?

What is proprioception? Proprioception is the ability of your muscles and joints to determine where they are in space.

What is proprioception?  Proprioception is the ability of your muscles and joints to determine where they are in space. The proprioceptive nerve endings in the body provide us with the information of where our hands, arms, and legs are in space without having to look at them. The specialized proprioception receptors in the body tell […]

Strategies for Fidgety Students During Classroom Activities

Do you need strategies for fidgety students during group activities? Sensory seeking students may benefit from these suggestions to help improve classroom management.

Do you need strategies for fidgety students during group activities? Sensory seeking students may benefit from these suggestions to help improve classroom management. These tips are great anytime for classroom teachers during circle time or large group instruction. Start with a Movement Warm Up Begin the activity with a movement warm up.  Depending upon your […]

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Free Poster – Strategies for Effective Sensory Integration Sessions

Whether you are a seasoned therapist or a beginner, this Free Poster - Strategies for Effective Sensory Integration Sessions provides a visual reminder to help children achieve functional goals during a sensory integration session.

Whether you are a seasoned therapist or a beginner, this Free Poster – Strategies for Effective Sensory Integration Sessions provides a visual reminder to help children achieve functional goals during a sensory integration session.  You can download it at the bottom of the post. Why this FREE Visual about Sensory Sessions? It came to our attention […]

Vestibular Exercise Program Helps Increase Balance and Agility

The American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience published research on 17 children with Down Syndrome (DS) to determine the effect of a vestibular exercise program on balance, coordination, and agility. Methodology The 17 children were recruited from two summer enrichment programs and were divided into two groups based on age (group 1: 9.9 yrs – group 2: 18.4 […]

How to Help Students Develop Sensory Strategies that Work

For many students with sensory processing disorder, it is of utmost importance to determine how to help students develop sensory strategies that work to function more efficiently at school.  Of course, there are some students who are not able to express their needs and observational skills and data collection are critical.   Regardless, all students should […]

Weighted Lap Pad Use and Engagement in Class – Single Case Study Research

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities published a brief report on weighted lap pad use and engagement in class for a kindergarten student with autism spectrum disorder.  The purpose of the study was to determine if a weighted lap pad intervention or an evidence-based practice of a structured work box intervention would result in […]

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Research Review on Sensory Techniques

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy recently published a research review on sensory techniques and sensory environmental modifications for children with sensory integration difficulties.  The study reviewed 11,436 articles published between January 2007 and May 2015 to find research that reflected high levels of evidence, participants demonstrated sensory integration difficulties, and outcome measures addressed function or […]

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Sensory Processing at Home Versus School in Children with Autism

Sensory Processing at Home Versus School in Children with Autism

Sensory Processing at Home Versus School in Children with ASD Do you find that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience higher levels of sensory dysfunction at home or school?  Recent research investigated sensory processing at home versus school in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Each of the participants (41 children with ASD and 38 […]

10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session

10 essential elements of a sensory integration session

10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session There are many factors that are part of an effective sensory integration session.  To start off with you need a qualified, experienced pediatric occupational or physical therapist to provide a comprehensive evaluation.  The physical environment should be set up with the proper equipment if needed.  Communication […]