Perhaps you have students who struggle to stay seated in class. You’ve tried a token economy, you tried visuals, but your students keep getting out of their seats. Those students may have sensory processing disorder. They may need to move to be bale to feel where their bodies are. Their bodies may be craving movement.
Do you teach any students with very challenging behaviors? Many of the students which we label as “challenging” can be sensory seeking or sensory avoiding behaviors. My teenage son, with autism, is hypersensitive to sound, but sometimes he can create a lot of noise by shouting, singing, or turning up his cd player super loud. He is making sound which he can control in order to block out environmnetal noises which distress him. Carly Fleischmann (see “Carly’s Voice”by Arthur & Carly Fleischmann), a young woman with autism says she creates “output to block input”.
In order to help you meet the sensory needs of your individual students I have begun creating some sensory resources:Sensory Strategies Self-Regulation Visual Support click here to view
Auditory Preferences Visual Support click here to view
Sensory Strategies Poster click here to view
Visual Overload can affect many people with Autism. I will be blogging about this topic soon.