Posts Tagged ‘Sensory’

Have You Ever Heard of a Fidgee?

Just because a student with special needs gets older and heads to the Intermediate School, Middle School or High School, doesn’t necessarily mean that he/she no longer needs a sensory outlet. The problem is usually that the sensory options often look babyish. This is why when I saw today’s idea being used in one of our special education classrooms, I had to invite the designer of this wonderful idea to […]

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Sensory and Learning Fun With Fake Snowballs!

Children love surprises and novelty. What better way to bring this to your instruction than with something that is seasonal, fun and has multiple applications.   When we recently had a professional development meeting with the district SLPs, one of the agenda items was for every person on the team to bring something to share. One of our SLPs brought this huge plastic container filled with fake snowballs that he uses […]

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How to Engage Your Students in Wheelchairs!

It recently dawned on me that, after 188 videos, I had not done a video specifically for students with low vision in mind! In today’s video, you will see a wonderfully simple tool that both parents and teachers can use to engage students who have low vision, BUT it will work with other students with a variety of challenges who happen to spend time in a wheelchair. Parents and grandparents […]

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Who Knew Sensory Tubs Could Be Creative and So Inexpensive!!!

Here we are about to start a new school year!!! I love this time of year because it’s full of promise and possibilities!! One idea that can help make the new school year exciting and successful is a fun and inexpensive idea for the sensory room or for the classroom to meet some of those sensory needs! There is always someone out there doing something creative yet simple. So simple […]

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An Inexpensive Sensory Option Made with Sponges, Scissors and Hair Scrunchies!

Don’t you just LOVE Pinterest? That is where one of our staff members found today’s idea that I really wanted to share with you! Sensory materials do not have to be expensive and out of reach. I love sharing these kinds of ideas because not every business, home or school can afford tons of sensory options to offer students or clients. Students can help make these! Take a look! As […]

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An Amazingly Fun Sensory Toy You’re Gonna Want!

I love all of the sensory options out there these days!  I have actually spent time helping our staff make our own homemade sensory toys like sensory bottles made from water bottles with corn syrup and glitter inside.  Every now and then I run across a sensory item that is so cool, that buying it makes sense.  I want to share with you today something that one of my teachers […]

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Are Sensory Issues Causing Your Child With Special Needs to Strip Off Clothing?

For whatever reason, every now and then we will get a student who just cannot deal with a sensory issue surrounding clothing. I’ve had a pre-school age student who would not keep a diaper on so the parents would send her to school in a dress with nothing underneath!!! We just can’t do that at school so we worked to desensitize her to wearing diapers. I had another student who […]

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How To Make Your Own Kinetic Sand for Pennies On The Dollar!!!

I recently went to a wonderful presentation sponsored by the Indiana Resource Center For Autism (IRCA) on sensory ideas that was presented by two multi-talented Occupational Therapists, Kristi Jordan and Cheryl Boucher. Among many other things presented, one BIG IDEA I got from their presentation is that sensory seeking children need THREE BIG MEALS of sensory a day and several “snacks” of sensory throughout the day. I never thought of […]

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Body Sock + Me = Sensory Fun!

I’ve been helping teachers find a variety of sensory solutions for their students on the autism spectrum for years. I’ve recommended things like jars with interesting smells, play tables with sand, water and pasta, weighted vests and trampolines. All of these things and more, yet until just recently I had never actually seen one sensory item that has tons of sensory benefits….the body sock. I had never actually seen one […]

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