The goal of creating a sensory-informed classroom is to support the various sensory needs of students in a way that is as natural as possible. Sensory tools are embedded into the existing school day and are seamlessly used as needed by any student, consequently:
- decreasing the social stigma of needing something different
- proactively encouraging the use of sensory tools before challenging or unexpected behaviours occur.
Sensory tools are intended to promote regulation, improve focus, increase participation, and therefore enable all children to be available for learning!
A sensory informed classroom has:
- Flexible Seating options
- Heavy work jobs incorporated into daily classroom chores
- A fidget tool box with different types fidget tools available. Also use manipulatives incorporated into learning – counting blocks, popsicle sticks – throughout the day.
- Snacks not only used for nutritional breaks but as a self-regulating tool
- Movement Breaks
- Deep pressure tools – have weighted items available
- A Cocoon space available in the classroom for calming and regrouping
- Visuals – schedule, timer
- Environmental considerations – Classroom Environment Scan Questionnaire