This year I took on the task to design, develop and implement a Sensory Room at one of my High Schools.
After extensive research and collaboration to develop a better understanding of how my students perceive the world, integrate sensory information, and modulate their own nervous system – I was ready to start the Sensory Room Project!
Lets Dig a little Deeper to help us become ‘Sensory Smart’
“Sensory Processing refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. We usually think of the senses as separate channels of information, but they actually work together to give us a reliable picture of the world and our place in it. Your senses integrate to form a complete understanding of who you are, where you are, and what is happening around you. Because your brain uses information about sights, sounds, textures, smells, tastes, and movement in an organized way, you assign meaning to your sensory experiences, and you know how to respond and behave accordingly.
People with sensory issues have great difficulty figuring out what is going on inside and outside their bodies. For some children, sensory processing does not develop smoothly. Because they rely on their senses to give them an accurate picture of the world, they don’t know how to behave in response.
A child with sensory problems usually has maladaptive responses to everyday situations, consistently showing behaviors that are not age appropriate and that CAN’T just be dismissed.” (Raising A Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske)
It is important for us to carry through on sensory-based activities and demonstrate how to help your child/student get what their body needs. Our goal is to help them self-regulate and give their body what is needed to feel their best so they can better handle life’s challenges.
Through the Developing Stages