Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

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It’s Monday morning. You grab your coffee and head into your classroom, ready for a great week. You have your lesson plans ready to launch onto your third grade class. You look across the room and realize … it’s not going to happen. Your kids are disengaged. You need some classroom management. You really don’t […]

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Sensory Integration Disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. As Occupational Therapist, Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR/L shares in her article “Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid who Cannot Sit Still“, “For the […]

Meet the Needs of ALL of Your ‘Sensational’ Kids

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If you have more than one ‘sensational’ kid in your house, trying to coordinate and organize each child’s sensory diet can be an overwhelming task, especially if each child’s needs are on opposite ends of the sensory spectrum. In our house, my daughter is almost exclusively a sensory avoider with motor planning isms, dyspraxia and […]

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums

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We’ve all “been there done that” in the epicenter of a major behavioral meltdown or a terrible temper tantrum out in public. Whether “we” are the audience or actually part of the “performance,” these explosive behaviors can be both embarrassing and physically dangerous for those involved. The best approach for dealing with meltdowns or tantrums […]

Sensory Input with Plastic Easter Eggs

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Spring has sprung and with it may come an extra dose of sensory challenges.   For some children, seasonal changes in clothing, weather and routine bring just enough extra or unfamiliar input to throw their sensory system out of whack.  Luckily, your nearest sale counter is probably brimming with an economic, effective tool that can help […]

Tactile Experiences for Sensory Regulation

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The tactile system is the sense of touch. This is the sensory system that helps us to learn about our bodies and our environment. It is important in the development of a child’s body scheme (the internal map of our body and how we use our body to interact with the environment). The tactile system […]

Sensory Diet On the Fly – Body Part Cards

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One challenge I have found in educating children with Sensory Processing Disorder is finding ways of slipping in focused sensory breaks and sensory diet-friendly learning activities before the child’s behaviors make all of us want to lose our heads.  If you ever feel this way, too, you might want to try my strategy and grab […]

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

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Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. During Lent, Christians give up something they enjoy (usually a favorite food) for 40 days leading up […]

Yoga in the Classroom = Students Ready to Learn

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Teachers have the honor and unique perspective of working within a space where each child and the teacher, are working towards similar goals. These goals include but are not limited to learning and meeting or exceeding classroom expectations. What makes the classroom so unique is that each child is navigating their own levels of regulation […]

Sensory Diet = Yoga Throughout Your Day

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The goal of a sensory diet is to incorporate movement and sensory based activities throughout the day in order to promote regulation. Each sensory diet includes activities, designed by an occupational therapist, to provide input throughout the day to alert, calm, and organize the sensory systems. As adults, we have found ways to incorporate this […]

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