Sensory Seekers

Newsletter March 2015

Sensory seekers look for ways to add sensory input into their lives. They don’t seem to be able to get enough sensory input and as such have also been termed as ‘sensory cravers’. They may be constantly on the go; unable to sit still; crashing, bashing and bumping into things; fiddling and touching everything; or never stop talking. Often sensory seekers seek vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (muscle work) input, but sensory seeking can also be seen in other senses.

The Ultimate List of Sensory Seekers

giftlistThis list has loads of ideas of toys for sensory seekers. It is divided into different sensory systems. It is found on the MamaOT website mentioned in last month’s newsletter and there is a free printable download.


CanDo Kiddo

CandoKiddoThis website is packed full of ideas for play to encourage babies’ development. I think it is also a really useful resource for those of you working in special schools. There are some great ideas to encourage sensory play and development.


 

Ikea Swings

ikeaswingIkea have a few swings on sale at the moment. There is this round red one which would be great for a vestibular seeker, and also they have a more cocoon type swing which would provide a great little retreat area in a bedroom.


The Kid’s Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control

kidsguidetostayingawesomeThis book is new to me. It was published in 2014 and is written for children aged 7 – 14 years. It is full of sensory ideas to help children to regulate their emotions. There is also a section at the back written for parents. A really useful little book for parents and classroom teachers with simple sensory ideas that can easily be carried out at home or in the classroom.


Coursera

courseraCoursera offers free open online courses from top universities. You sign up to a course and can then dip in and out as you choose whilst the course is running. I am really interested in neuroscience and so I am signed up to The Neurobiology of Everyday Life. This is a 10 week course from The University of Chicago intended for anyone interested in how the nervous system works.


Where can I get more information?

Courses

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory Course 1)

Tuesday
28 April 2015

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.

The aim of this one day course is to provide teachers and health professionals with an understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties the children experience at school and at home. Practical support strategies will be explored from both an educational and therapy perspective.

There are two reduced price places for parents on each course.

Sensory Processing and Autism

Tuesday 19 May 2015

The aim of this one day course is to provide professionals working with individuals with autism, a more in depth understanding of sensory processing difficulties as related specifically to autism, and the everyday difficulties that children and adults experience in different settings. Practical support strategies will be explored from both an educational and therapy perspective.

There are two reduced price places for parents on each course.

Please read the Disclaimer and be aware that the information in this newsletter is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.