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Although many children love a good book, it is an unfortunate fact that some with sensory-challenges don’t always appear to love listening to one during circle time.  In fact, traditional circle times can be one of the most challenging parts of a sensory child’s day if that child’s sensory needs are ignored. So, today, let’s put on our Sensory Lenses to remind ourselves of seven simple strategies that can help children with sensory challenges enjoy circle time better!

Challenge:  Circle Time

Purpose:  Listening, reading and sharing time in many classrooms

With Sensory Lenses:  An opportunity to recognize sensory needs and to test strategies to help make circle time more successful

Offer the children some or all of the following sensory tools to help them stay regulated, thus enabling them to remain focused and more attentive.

1) An Opportunity to Chew
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Martianne is a homeschooling mom with over 20 years of experience in education, youth work and dramatic arts both in the United States and abroad. With certifications as a Middle School Generalist and English 8-12 teacher, plus a drawer full of certificates from a wide variety of professional development workshops and graduate courses, she brings a comprehensive “traditional” background to her present-day creative pursuits. Visit Martianne at Training Happy Hearts.