Autism: A Balance Between Sensory Sensation and Sensation to Learn
My students need I-Pads to use as communication devices and to develop writing skills. They too would benefit from the creation of a sensory room.
My name is Mrs. King. I teach in a lower income Urban school district in Ohio. All students receive a free breakfast and lunch. My community classroom is a 2nd-4th grade Autism Unit. There are four community learners in the unit of which three are non-verbal. Some also have severe behavioral difficulties. Students with Autism frequently experience sensory difficulties. Each student's sensory/self-stimulation is different and changes throughout the day. We use a lot of visuals, bubbles, music, sign and body language to communicate with each other. They love technology, hands on projects and cooking. My butterfly darlings work very hard to access the curriculum like their same age/grade level peers.
My community butterflies love technology. Unfortunately we don't have individual I-Pads in the classroom. The IPads will serve as a communication device, guided and independent practices. We will be able to do more writing projects using the IPads. Because there are students with behavior difficulties, I thought that it would be neat to put a sensory space in the classroom. This would be beneficial for everyone because each student's sensory needs are different. Being able to provide choices other than Play Doh as a sensory tool, will help them to manage their behaviors and be able to access the curriculum.
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