Sensory Processing Strategies

Newsletter November 2012

Did you know?

Behavioural concerns within class such as difficulties with sitting still, concentrating and attending, listening to the teacher, all affect a child’s ability to engage and learn within the school environment.

Often these difficulties are a result of problems with processing sensory information.

To address these difficulties sensory strategies are often recommendedby therapists with training in sensory integration.

Sensory processing strategies are designed to provide the sensory input the child needs to maintain the appropriate arousal level for the task so that they can they can engage and participate within the classroom.

Some of the strategies used are ball chairs, move ‘n sit cushions, weighted items eg lapbelts/vests, and chewy tubes.


 Ball chairs

BallchairBall chairs provide children with the opportunity to move whilst still sitting. They often work very well for children who find it difficult to sit still and are constantly needing to move.

Research has shown that ball chairs may a positive effect on in-seat behaviour. Another research study showed increased levels of attention, decreased level of hyperactivity and increased time on task.


Move ‘n Sit cushions

18400_optMove ‘n sit cushions are designed to fit on the child’s chairso are less obstrusive than the therapy ball. They come in different shapes and sizes. They work on the same principle as the ball chair, providing movement whilst sitting. They will not however provide as much movement.

Research has shown that move ‘n sit cushions improved attention in the school setting.


Where can I get more information?

Courses
Sensory Strategies for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

Tuesday 27 November 2012

The aim of this one day course is to enable teachers and health professionals who have attended the Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder course to extend their knowledge on sensory integration and sensory processing disorder. The major focus of this course will be to give participants the understanding and skills necessary to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then to set up appropriate sensory strategies within home and school.


 Books with ideas for implementing strategies at home and school


More Research Information

Pathways.org have a web page entitled Sensory Integration Issues Effect on Learning which contains details of more relevant research literature.