I’ve been fascinated with sensory processing for years. At the core of me, I am a sensory girl. I love to touch things, move around, see things and learn visually. Recognizing my desire for sensory stimulation on a day-to-day basis has made it so easy and fun for me to become specialized in teaching sensory processing activities for children.
In my experience in training staff at the head start/early start, I personally see that the more a person can understand and put themselves in the shoes of the students, the more fascinated they are with ways they can assist a child to move the child’s development along the sensory system.
Why is Sensory Training Important
As I said before, sensory in a classroom is more than tactile and a sensory bin. The sensory system has three areas: Tactile, proprioception and vestibular. Knowing more about these three systems can assist you to know why a child is exhibiting behaviors or symptoms.
In my training, I explain what the three systems are responsible for and we do activities to have the participants “feel” each system and what they do. This builds understanding and compassion for the students.
Signs Your Students May Need More Sensory Processing Activities
You may have students who are struggling with developing their proprioceptive system (body awareness), but you may not know the signs. There are many ways your student (s) could be unintentionally looking to you to give them ways to increase their development. This could be displayed through a child bumping into the edges of the tables or running into doorway edges. They may lay their belly across the table or lean on you or other staff. They will want to lie down during circle. They may drool past teething age and overstuff their mouths. These are all signs of a child in need of more proprioceptive activities.
You may also have a student(s) who struggles with their inner ear balance system (vestibular system). Students will display a lack of development of their vestibular system by climbing shelves or standing on the tables, stumbling on the slight changes of the surface of the grass, fear getting on the swing or they may just swing on the belly of the swing.
I Provide Sensory Processing Solutions
In my training, I don’t just stop at explaining the signs of different sensory disorders, I also talk about the solutions you can add to your classroom routines that your kids will love, and the best part is you don’t have to change your curriculum to implement my solutions.
What’s Your Benefit in Participating in my Training
You will be more equipped with the understanding of what to provide a child when they are displaying behaviors or symptoms of having a lack of sensory skill-building activities. And if you know why the body does what it does, you will be more apt to try the input activities suggested. More importantly, this will help you to see the results and know why the input worked.
I’m not interested in giving you solutions without understanding the body processes. I aim to change the system of your classroom to support sensory processing development, so you can feel more competent that you are affecting positive growth and change of your student’s sensory systems.
Open your mind and take the next step by contacting me so I can talk to you more about my training Sensory Processing: It Does Make Sense Training and how I can cater it to your classroom setting.