Organization is key- so creating a sensory corner is a great way to store all of your sensory equipment so that it is easily assessable for the students and staff! The equipment can be large and bulky if not properly stored.. It can also get in the way if it is out in the open.
For the students that are sensory seeking, try adding a “sensory corner” icon to their schedule every hour. It is a great way to integrate sensory into their schedule and to help regulate their behaviors that may impede their learning without the sensory break!
A simple sensory transition can make transitions to outside your classroom much easier. Sensory transitions are a simple strategy of adding a movement/activity to the transition. When students are seated at their desks and told to check their schedule, students are excused to line up one at a time following a simple sensory exercise. A few examples for the month of September (color of the month is red!):
Catch the RED balloon.
Squeeze the apple
Catch the bumpy ball.
Roll the ball on your tummy
Dance with the scarf.
Rub the scarf on your arm.
Shake the red tambourine .
Roll the play doh
Squeeze the squishy toy
You can simply introduce new sensory toys for transitions every month so that the kids don't get burnt out of the same games. This is a great way to get all of the student's attention back on the teacher and focused before lining up to go outside. The transition items are based on monthly themes and colors.
Tomorrow I will be discussing sensory activity boxes and individual sensory boxes