Each child in my class has a unique set of sensory needs and can become overwhelmed with sensory input easily.
These children are very sensitive to sensations and what is going on in their environment.
Their nervous system becomes easily aroused and triggers behaviors that make it challenging to attend , self regulate or respond not just react. It is difficult for the children to settle down, pay attention, feel safe, organize and feel calm. They may also get sluggish, sleepy, have stomach aches or other physical symptoms. This naturally makes it difficult to learn or engage with others.
Many people have strategies to 'relax' or ' wake up' . Often you see people tapping fingers, fidget, jiggle their knee up and down, take warm baths, walk, doodle etc. to help integrate and regulate their nervous system depending on conditions.
Sensory Integration & Self Regulation is an important focus in room 15. I teach & practice strategies that help my students :
Here is a short video with Sharon Gerber has everyone from the youngest to adults doing many brain gym strategies.
There are many strategies and activities we do and this is one. Hook ups ( Brain Gym) and 'the ball' are a sequence of movements that helps a great deal consistently. The children are often observed to hook it up independently and this is encouraged. Many like to hook up during our daily mindful listening as well. Those that do say & notice that the hook ups 'makes' them feel calmer.
For more information on Hook Ups and more brain gym strategies here you go!
Welcome to my classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.