Back to School Sensory Strategies
Compiled by Kristi Jordan, OTR/L
Transitioning back to school means preparing your classroom to meet the educational needs of the unique group of students assigned to you for the school year. Whether you have a static group of students, students who transition in and out of your room, or a different set of students for each scheduled period, it is important to consider the sensory needs of all students. Whole group sensory strategies and individual sensory strategies help your students to effectively process information in their environment and allows for optimal learning to occur.
Being proactive in meeting sensory needs, by minimizing distractions and providing opportunities or accommodations for sensory seekers and sensory avoiders promotes optimal arousal and organization of behavior. When considering ways to be proactive, it helps to know how specific sensory systems work and some strategies to try. This series will explore some of the systems involved in sensory processing, types of sensory dysfunction, and practical strategies for educators to consider using.