Sensory issues affect millions of people who are facing a multitude of issues—as a caregiver, a parent or just a friend, it is important that you are armed with valuable information on how to deal with some of these issues and make your loved one’s day that much more enjoyable.
We know that families who confront sensory issues face them nearly everywhere they go on a daily basis. It is challenging to adjust to those needs whether traveling, eating at a restaurant, or more importantly when you are not with them (like while they are in school).
Often children who deal with sensory issues struggle to feel like they are heard, and more importantly, to belong. As a result, they often “act out” from a sense of frustration, making it difficult to keep the classroom a space for learning, encouragement, and development.
Dr. Melody Aguayo speaks to teachers and parents whose children struggle in this manner in the classroom. Dr. Aguayo offers tangible solutions to help students navigate those obstacles. See her insightful ideas below, and if you’re a teacher, consider implementing them in your classroom!
- Elastic bands wrapped around the legs of children’s chairs. Children can push their feet against them.
- Seats that move: Hokkis, T-stools, exercise balls, etc.
- Letting the child wear Chewelry: sturdy bracelets and necklaces a child can chew on.
- Providing support during transition: “Changing activities is hard, isn’t it buddy? You can join us in a minute when you are ready.”
- Providing an area where the child can retreat: a small pop-up tent, a bean bag, or even in a different location like the library.
- Providing a child with extra recess time or structuring his/her recess time more based upon the child’s needs.
- Sticking different textures to the bottom of the child’s desk, such as: felt, Velcro, and silk.
- Providing all of the children something they can hold: for example, a 6” soft ruler that all of the kids can use when they sit down to make sure they have enough space between them and the child next to them. This is a great tool for standing in line as well.
NOTE: This feature references remarks made from an article at Real Child.