My students are in grades kinder thru fourth. They come from a variety of different socioeconomic statuses and home experiences. For some, school is their only safe place to try, fail, and try again. We encourage each risk they take as it offers a new opportunity to learn.
My students come to school each ready ready to share ideas, create, and learn.
They are explorers. They are curious. They are bright and intuitive. They are funny. They are kind to one another and helpful.
It is not uncommon for students (and adults) to lose their focus from time to time. When a student loses his/her focus, learning new material and retaining can become increasingly difficult. Behavior problems can result as frustration builds. Sensory paths provide students with a "brain break" to help regain their focus.
Neurological paths of some students can become full and overloaded and need to be cleared to increase cognition and retention during the learning process.
Imagine having really loud music playing while trying to teach a student to read. You might get agitated, talk loud, get anxious. Luckily, you can turn the music off and your body can reset. Kids with sensory processing disorders can't just simply turn off the radio of their brain. They need a brain break. Their neurological pathways have essentially jammed, and must be cleared. By taking the sensory overloaded kid to our sensory path, they will complete a series of movements as they move through the path that are designed to release the blocked paths and allow the body and brain to refocus.
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