Children with sensory processing disorders need additional support from educators and parents. With both hypersensitivity (amplified senses) and hyposensitivity (reduced senses), it’s a balancing act.
Identifying the sensitivities of your students is part of the challenge. We hope this guide, including 5 ways to support students with sensory processing disorders, will provide some helpful information.
Children whose sensory processing manifests as extreme sensitivity to sound, touch, taste and smell can have epic reactions to sensory experiences which don’t faze other children. Knowing the signs of hypersensitivity is where you start:
These are the children who can’t seem to get enough stimulation, which can put them at risk. Look for the following:
What educators can do
There are challenges for both polarities of SPD in the classroom, for obvious reasons. The presence of other children, the requirement for attention and quiet, the bell ringing – all these can present problems for children with SPD.
The following can help you support children with this challenge in the classroom:
You’re a therapist, too
As an educator, you have a unique role in the life of children who struggle with sensory processing disorder.
Classroom settings can be difficult for kids with SPD. You’ll find your role is clarified when you work with families and therapists to construct plans for these children. SPD can manifest in different ways and working with those who know your students is the way forward. Building partnerships with these figures in SPD children’s lives offers you pivotal knowledge to improve the quality of their learning experiences.
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