Sensory integration is the process by which we receive information through our senses, organize this information, and use it to participate in everyday activities.
Sensory integration therapy aims to help kids with sensory processing issues by exposing them to sensory stimulation in a structured, repetitive way.
While sensory processing issues are not a learning disorder, they can make it hard for children to succeed at school.
Here are Ways to Introduce Sensory Integration Activities in the Classroom.
- Improve classroom seating—adjust chairs for optimum fit, provide textures (therapy ball) or a vibrating cushion for sensory feedback
- For the child who needs to move a bit, you might try an inflated seated cushion or a pillow from home so he can both squirm and stay in his seat.
- If possible, eliminate buzzing and flickering fluorescent lighting.
- Allow for fidgets and chewable items for students who seemed nervous and anxious, or let the kid chew a gum to help him feel calm.
- some children's responds best when wearing a weighted vest.