When creating a learning environment that is suitable and inviting to students with special needs, individual student needs should be considered. While some students may not experience challenges in regards to sensory processing, others may benefit from some of the following sensory tools.. Consider the needs and potential benefits of sensory based interventions for vestibular input for the individual child.
Tips for Choosing Sensory Based Interventions for Vestibular Input
There are numerous tools that are designed to create a safe and comforting learning environment for students with special needs, so choosing the right tools may take some collaboration and feedback between the student and the educational support team.
Expert Tips on Swinging
Sensory input in a child with autism can be perceived, processed and understood differently. This can sometimes make it a challenge for these children because of a heightened or decreased sense when dealing with visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, vestibular, and proprioceptive responses. Allowing opportunities for movement and feedback for these senses can assist with focus and allow them to get the input they need. Linear Rocking for example is usually calming to the sensory system and is a good sensory tool to help with self-regulation.
Expert Tips on Movement
Vestibular input is one of the core elements of effective sensory processing. The vestibular system gives us information about movement gravity and changing head positions. It helps us prepare our posture, maintain our balance, properly use our vision, calm ourselves and regulate our behavior. Children need movement like swinging, jumping, spinning and rocking to help their bodies organize and to regulate their sensory systems. Sometimes children are over or under reactive to vestibular input so be sure to work with your OT or PT to find that just right balance of movement.
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