Help me give my students the sensory input they need in order for them to regulate their bodies. Items like a compression vest or fidgets can help students refocus and return to what they are learning.
I am an interrelated teacher in a first grade inclusion classroom. While I help all the students in the classroom, I have a caseload of children that I specifically support who have needs ranging from learning disorders and medical conditions to autism.
My students are not only learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, but most importantly, they are learning to interact, socialize, and communicate with others effectively in the general education classroom with their peers.
They rely on many teachers and therapists to teach them how to navigate the world around them. Our goal is to help them gain the skills they need to become independent in their daily living skills. My students and I work hard. Even play is work for us! But we have a lot of fun with all the learning we do.
My students struggle with sensory issues that oftentimes make it more difficult to attend to and participate in activities during class. Small bursts of sensory integration in the classroom provide the needed input to keep student minds more engaged and allowing for the stimuli their bodies need; helping them to be more attentive in class.
A student using a deep pressure vest allows for the sensory input they need to focus on their lessons.
A child with low muscle tone can gain strength doing hand exercises with fidgets or theraputty.
As a child sinks into a beanbag chair, it molds itself around their body, providing calming proprioceptive sensory stimulation.
By using sensory integration in the classroom, children may be able to focus better during quiet activities such as reading, listening, and learning.
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