Classroom Sensory Strategies


The start of the new academic year is a great time to rethink  how you are ensuring that pupils within your class are getting the sensory input they need to be regulated and at the optimum arousal  level.    Just as we need a regular and healthy diet of food and drink throughout the day, we also all need regular sensory input during the day.   The term ‘sensory diet’ has been used to describe planned sensory activities that are scheduled into a person’s day to meet the individual’s sensory needs.  In recent years the term ‘sensory lifestyle’ has been used.  I feel this is a helpful term as it conveys the concept that sensory input needs to be built into every day life, whether that is at school or at home.  Below are some ideas of equipment and resources that may be useful.


Find out more on this course Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder

16 and 17 October 2019 at The Space Centre, Preston

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Stitch Sensory Spider

A Stitch Different have just brought out a great, new product, Stitch Sensory Spider.  It is made from heavy quality lycra/spandex and has 6 ‘spider legs’, and comes either in black or coloured versions.  It can be used for many different proprioceptive, vestibular and deep pressure activities.  Have a look at the video on their Facebook page to see the many ways this can be used.  This would be a great addition for home or school and very good value at £ 30.

A Stitch Different is a community interest company making bespoke handmade weighted therapy products and sensory items.




Sensory Diet Cards

A very useful resource from Super Duper Publications to give ideas of sensory regulation activities that could be used within a classroom or at home. It contains 55 activity cards under five sensory categories: vestibular; proprioception; oral-motor; tactile; visual, auditory and olfactory. It is expensive but worthwhile buying one set for a school.




Decathlon Trampoline

This trampoline from Decathlon is very reasonably priced  £ 90 for the quality .  I have seen it being used in a secondary specialist school and it has lasted very well despite very heavy use.  It has a very good bounce and it doesn’t have the plastic cover which tears so easily on the cheaper trampolines.




Movement Break Jar

This is such a simple but effective tool for the classroom.  Ideal as a quick movement break for the whole class.  Write different vestibular and proprioceptive activities onto sticks and then the pupils can choose an activity before the start of each lesson.




Oral Motor Game

This is a great idea for using oral motor input within a learning activity.  This game could be easily adapted for other topics/subjects.




Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder 

More about this course

16 and 17 October 2019

Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t. Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These people may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, sights and sounds.

This popular two day course will provide participants with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience at school, home and other settings. The main focus of this course will be to give participants the tools necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then set up simple and appropriate sensory strategies. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE on Day 2.

 Making SENSE of Behaviour

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27 and 28 November 2019

How do we make sense of some of the difficult behaviours we see in children and adults that we work with?  Is it just behaviour? is all behaviour “communication”? or is it more complex than this?

For example, how do we make sense of:

  • A child who appears to be consistently defiant and manipulative
  • A young person who head bangs without any apparent trigger
  • A child who never sits still, seems to be constantly distracted and unable to concentrate

Understanding why individuals behave in the way that they do, and how it may be linked to sensory processing difficulties, is fundamental to developing appropriate and effective strategies and interventions that will lead to effective change.

The aim of this two day advanced course is to provide teachers and health professionals with a structured framework to develop an understanding of an individual’s behaviour, drawing on ideas from a variety of approaches to develop an individualised formulation. This will inform a clear intervention involving developing and implementing appropriate and effective strategies and programmes to assist the individual in school, home and other settings. Understanding and integrating sensory integration theory into the formulation and intervention will form a key part of the course. There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at SPACE on Day 2.

This course provides an extension to the knowledge gained on the course ‘Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder’.