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Posted on Sep 18, 2014 in Classroom Management

The Sensory Friendly Classroom

The Sensory Friendly Classroom, presented by an occupational therapist (OT), provides the audience with a definition and a general overview of sensory processing.  The video describes four different sensory processing styles and how a teacher may set up the classroom to provide support for the different processing styles in an effort to promote an optimal comfortable learning environment for the children who may have difficulty in this area.

Sensory Processing Styles

Please note: As a teacher, do not diagnose a student with a sensory difference. If behaviors below are noted, consult with the school’s OT, or have the child’s parents obtain an OT recommendation from a pediatrician.

Profile 1: Sensory Seeker

Sensory Seeker is:

  • Active, fidgety
  • Continuously engaging
  • Excitable

Sensory Seeker needs:

  • Movement breaks
  • Fidgets
  • Wiggle cushions
  • To stand while learning
  • Seating at the end of a row

Profile 2: Low Registration

Low Registration is: 

  • Uninterested, dull affect, withdrawn
  • Overly tired
  • Self-absorbed

Low Registration needs:

  • Movement breaks
  • Water bottles
  • Chewing gum
  • Seating on an aisle

Profile 3: Sensory Sensitive

Sensory Sensitive is:

  • Distractible
  • Hyperactive

Sensory Sensitive needs: 

  • Peace corner
  • Headphones
  • Weighted blanket or toy
  • Soothing sounds such as a water fountain
  • Mirror for emotions

Profile 4: Sensory Avoiders

Sensory Avoider is: 

  • Resistant to change
  • Reliant on rigid rituals

Sensory Avoider needs:

  • Peace corner
  • Headphones
  • Routines
  • Checklists

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This video was filmed at Centreville Layton School.