Resistance Bands


Resistance Bands

In the last newsletter, I focused on the importance of movement breaks in the classroom and gave ideas of activities and resources.  In this newsletter, I thought it would be helpful to look at resistance bands and give some ideas for their use at school and home.

Resistance bands are inexpensive to buy, or you can make your own, and are great for push and pull type activities which provides proprioceptive input.  They take up virtually no room so are great for the classroom.  By using bands of different resistance , you can increase or decrease the amount of work and therefore the amount of proprioceptive input. To find out more about the importance of proprioception see here.

There is an advanced sensory processing course running in November, Making SENSE of Behaviour.  This is an excellent opportunity to extend your knowledge on sensory processing and behaviour.

Please note that there are no places left on Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder in October.  The next course has been scheduled for 7 and 8 March 2018.

Please apply early for all courses to avoid  disappointment.  All courses are limited to 30 participants and are held at The SPACE Centre, Preston.


Homemade Stretchy Resistance Bands

These resistance bands are made from a piece of lycra material and have multiple uses.






Shape Stretchies

Some great ideas of games to play with resistance bands with free printable game cards.






Octoband and Co-operband

If you have a bit of money to spend then look at the 8 or 16 arm Octoband from Rompa and the Co-operband.


Bicycle Inner Tubes

Bicycle inner tubes make great resistance bands and, if you collect punctured ones from friends and family, they are completely free.  I would recommend cutting out the valve and then tying the ends together.  Different size tubes will offer different resistance levels.  Narrow racing bike tubes offer lower resistance than the wider mountain bike tyre tube.






Gross Motor Games

This website has some ideas for games that you can play with a co-operband which can be purchased from Rompa, or  you could use long pieces of resistance band if you don’t have one.










Use a resistance band to make a catapult, hours of fun!




Foot Fidget

This foot fidget is an extension to tying a resistant band round the chair legs.  I have never tried this but thought it looked great, and I imagine could be homemade.






Smiley Band Fidget Toy

Great idea as a fidget toy for the desk.  Draw faces and different emotions on to resistance band.






Making SENSE of Behaviour

More about this course

22 and 23 November 2017

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 plan 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’.

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder 

More about this course

7 and 8 March 2018