By Cecilia Cruse, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and Expert on Abilitations® of School Specialty.
The Sensory Tool Bags were created with for children who have frequent meltdowns, won’t sit still, or are causing chaos during hallway transition. These bags are stocked full of some of the most popular solutions for movement, deep touch pressure, fidget and oral motor sensory needs. Just like snowflakes, each child’s sensory system is unique. Instead of using a cookie cutter approach, the Sensory Tool Bags allow you to choose the items and quantities needed.
For a quick review of the sensory systems that may be impacted during busy school days, check out:
Sensory Tool Bags for Elementary and Secondary Students
Much in the same way that students’ school supply lists change as they grow, students with special needs should have tools that meet their needs as they develop. See which of the two Sensory Tool Bags could be the best fit for the student in your life.
Elementary Student Sensory Tool Bag
The Elementary Version (recommended for ages 5 and up) features a variety of touch and movement options as well as tools to help with quiet and calming. The Core Disk cushion may help get the sitting wiggles out without disrupting the class (and it can double as a lap pad as well). The Tangle Therapy and the Transparent Yuk- E- Ball are heavy duty fidgets with just the right tactile input that may be appealing to those with strong fidget preferences. At 3.5lbs, the weighted Teacher’s Pet Dot make a great option to put on a lap during circle time or carry through a busy hallway transition.
Secondary Student Sensory Tool Bag
The Secondary Version (recommended for ages 8 and up) is ideal for tweens, teens and beyond. This group may prefer more subtle options so this list includes favorite low profile, teen friendly sensory tools. Check out the Senseez Hoodie Vibrating Pillow that makes a great homework/lounge time/bedtime solution for deep touch pressure input. Chewigems Necklace and Bracelet are low profile tools for those with heavy oral motor needs like chewing on hair, pencil tips, or fingernails. For a student with high auditory sensitivity, the Vibes Hi Fidelity Ear Plugs may be just the ticket to get through a pep rally or other busy and loud social settings.
Customized Sensory Tool Bags
Finally, customize with all or some of the tools on this list and in the quantities your student needs. You can add specific items from the full sensory product assortment. For more information about the Sensory Tool Bags, follow the link below.