Rules are designed to keep our children safe and allow our services to operate in an orderly manner. However, many who have worked in the sector for some time now have seen a shift over the years from common sense rules to stifling restrictions on both children and staff that alter the healthy development of the children we are supposed to be nurturing. Currently many of us asked to enforce rules that we intuitively know are not in the best […]

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When the sensory information that the brain receives does not get organised or processed efficiently, three main clusters of behaviours are generally observed – sensory defensive, sensory seeking and sensory under-responsive. It is important to keep in mind that each person’s response to sensory information is unique and although it may be different to the typical or expected response, it is a real response or reaction for that person and should be acknowledged as such. For example, if a child’s […]

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In part one of this blog we looked at sensory processing and how it helps each of us respond in our day to day environments.   The following strategies are just a few considerations in the development of a sensory friendly classroom. Provide a period of sensory input and movement directly before a period of focus and concentration. If you have planned a 20 minute lesson, aim to provide 2-3 minutes of targeted sensory input before it starts. Finish regulating […]

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You look up from your lesson to see… someone pulling their shirt tightly over their knees and then rocking slowly from side to side… someone chewing on the collar of their new shirt, the third for this year and it’s only term 2… someone slumped forward with their head propped up in their hands… someone pulling their socks apart thread by thread… someone looking out the window at the children from the next door class walking by…someone wriggling around while […]

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