Sensory Strategies


Often there is a misconception that specialist equipment is needed for sensory strategies, but equipment need not be expensive at all.

Here are 10 ideas of activities which provide regulating sensory input, all using one toy costing only £ 13 from IKEA and one other piece of equipment.



1.  Crawl through a tunnel and collect the fish.





2.  Hide fish in duvet bag half filled with ball pool balls.  See ‘Out of Sync Child has Fun’ for more information on this ball duvet bag.





3.  Lie on front over therapy ball and collect fish off floor.




4. Sit bouncing on a therapy ball and throw fish at the target.





5.  Sit swinging and throw fish at the target.





6.  Commando crawl under a parachute/blanket and collect fish.





7.  Fix target to wall, bounce on trampette and remove fish.





8.  Lie on front on scooter board and collect fish from the other end of the room,  return and throw at target.





9.  Lie over swing on front and collect fish off floor and throw at target.





10.  Catapult fish using resistance band onto the target.





The Out-Of-Sync Child Has FunFor more ideas see ‘The Out of Sync Child has Fun‘ by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

This book features more than one hundred fun, simple ideas that don’t need expensive pieces of equipment.





Spring and Summer Term Courses

There is a programme of courses arranged for the Spring and Summer Term.    All  courses are now held at The Space Centre, Preston and are open to teachers, professionals and parents. Applications are now open  and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please apply early to avoid disappointment.  All courses are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

All courses are also available as INSET or in house training, please contact us for further details and prices.

Introduction to Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder  

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7 and 8 March 2018

The Space Centre, Preston

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 The Space Centre on Day 2.

All the reduced price parent places for this course have now been taken.  Parents may apply but would need to pay the full price.

Sensory Processing and Autism

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1 May 2018

The Space Centre, Preston

How can we understand and address some of the sensory difficulties we see in children and adults with autism? How can I extend my knowledge and skills in working in this area?

Recent research has found that up to 95% of children with autism have significant sensory processing problems. This has been recognised in the diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for autism. NICE guidelines also recognise the significant sensory difficulties in children and adults with autism. Increasingly, teachers and health professionals working with children and adults with autism are expected to have an understanding of the sensory processing difficulties faced by those with autism, as well as the ability to implement simple strategies and alter the environment to accommodate the individual’s sensory needs. Additionally, for establishments that are seeking Autism Accreditation, ‘Sensory Issues’ is one of the core standards.

The aim of this one day extension course is to provide teachers and health professionals, who have a basic understanding of sensory processing difficulties, with the skills needed to apply that understanding to the everyday difficulties that children and adults with autism experience in different settings. This course will further develop participant’s knowledge base including the neuroscience of sensory processing, and the ability to then apply this knowledge to set up more complex strategies, both for individuals as well as whole school/curriculum/service strategies.  There will be a practical session in the large sensory room at The Space Centre.