Today's children are surrounded by a lot of stimulation. A child with sensory processing concerns, can easily become distracted and inattentive in an over-stimulating environment such as a large or noisy classroom. It can be difficult for them to regulate their bodies or emotions.
I also see children struggle with coordinating their body's movements from fine motor tasks like drawing, cutting , paper folding to larger movements as in a clapping pattern , skipping, jumping, balancing , sequencing movements, and moving slowly.
So, in today's Body and Breath we focussed on becoming mindful of our bodies movements by slowing down. Quieting the classroom & dimming the lights ( common for our classroom) we created three small stations.
For one center, the children moved a marble slowly on a figure eight board they had to tilt slowly. This took a great deal of attention and slow precise movements. Marbles were bouncing on the floor but I was impressed how some were able to slow down enough to get through the mazes.
In the second station, I placed items of varying textures in Ned's Head for the children to feel , describe and draw before looking at it. This placed their attention in their hands and gave them time to notice texture, size, shape etc. It was fun to see them look at the object and notice more. This was challenging for some as they wanted to pull the item out of Ned's Head swiftly instead of taking the time to touch and notice what sensations their hands were experiencing.
The third station we had a Twister type electronic set of pads where they had to use their hands or feet to tap on the paddles as they lit up. They had to be deliberate and careful of their movements and work together as a team.
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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.