Sensory Friendly Solutions at School

Manage students’ sensory sensitivity and sensory overload at school to foster their learning and development.

Small sensory-friendly changes have a large impact.

Find helpful podcast episodes and blog posts below. 

"It takes a great deal of strength and effort to show up every day in a world that does not accommodate for sensory needs."
-Alison, I., parent, Ontario, Canada

The classroom, online education, virtual school and any combinations thereof bring many sensory challenges.  

This is especially true for children and adults who experience sensory sensitivity or sensory overload.

Create an environment for at home  for study, at school or online that is sensory-friendly and help students learn.

Become A Parent Detective

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More and more people are looking for sensory-friendly experiences in daily life, in their communities, and when they travel.  There are simple things you can do to help your event or location become sensory-friendly and make more people comfortable.

Get a checklist of 10 easy ways to be sensor

Are you wondering or worried if your child is a ‘sensory kid’? Do you think that they have an underlying problem with sensory sensitivity?  Experience sensory overload?  Have trouble with their senses?  Then become a Parent-Detective.  You become the investigator, uncovering your child’s needs and find solutions at home and school for your family. Get this guide to learn who the five people are to interview to solve the mystery of your child and the questions you need to have answered.

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At School-Related Blog Posts

Two women walking wearing masks bumping elbows during COVID..

Sensory Overload and COVID-19

Have you considered the effect of COVID-19 on sensory overload? Face masks, physical barriers, constant hand washing or sanitizing and social isolation are all bothersome.

Back of person's head wearing noise cancelling ear muffs and the words too busy, too noisy, too bright and the Sensory Friendly Solutions logo

Too Busy. Too Noisy. Too Bright.

This documentary about sensory-friendly really made me think. As an occupational therapy student, I often hear the words “sensory-friendly”. However, until recently, I never fully

Young boy wearing home made face shield

Face Masks for Sensory Issues

This is a personal story about one family’s experience with face masks. It is always a good idea to follow public health recommendations for face

Graphics of the 8 different senses.

You Have Eight Senses Not Five

You are probably surprised to learn that you have eight senses.  Though in truth, you have more than eight senses, nonetheless for today we are just going to stick to eight for the purposes of understanding your brain and body, sensory sensitivity, and sensory overload.

Group of diverse individuals smiling at camera with thumbs up.

Who Has Sensory Sensitivity?

We all have sensory sensitivity to some extent. First, we all have sensory sensitivity as we are all sensitive to our senses! Second, for some

At School-Related Podcast Episodes

Maureen Bennie

The Eighth Sense with Maureen Bennie

Maureen Bennie, parent of two adult children with autism and founder of the Autism Awareness Centre teaches us about our eight sense, interoception, and how consistency and commitment make all the difference. She also introduces us to the concept of developing fluency in what works for each one of us in managing sensory overload.

Dr. Bill Wong speaking on stage at his TEDx talk

Dr. Bill Wong is Fighting On as an Autistic Adult

Dr. Bill Wong, occupational therapist, reveals his unexpected path to being diagnosed as an autistic adult while studying occupational therapy. He also shares the power of finding another adult occupational therapist with autism as a key turning point in his life. Dr. Wong’s motto is Fighting On and he works to mentor autistic adults and fellow occupational therapists around the globe about life with autism.

Carol Stock Kranowitz

Carol Stock Kranowitz: The Out of Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz, best-selling author of The Out of Sync Child talks about her 10-year journey to writing what many parents, therapists and people with sensory processing disorder consider a life-changing book that is their go-to resource. Carol also shares her best personal strategy for managing sensory overload: when we move, we are in sync.

Karine Gagner President of FDMT

Sensory Tools: Innovation with Karine Gagner

Karine Gagner, parent and sensory tool innovator is on a mission to promote everyone’s development to their fullest. Her company, FDMT not only sells sensory products worldwide, but they create their own phenomenal sensory tools, like their line of weighted products, Manimo. Karine wanted something that not only helped children with sensory overload, but also that was like a friend to them.

Dr. Winnie Dunn.

Living Sensationally with Dr. Winnie Dunn

Dr. Winnie Dunn, occupational therapist, is a world-renowned expert the sensory experience, researcher and author of the book Living Sensationally. She has pioneered our understanding of our senses and helps us recognize that sensory processing is fundamental to our brains. Dr. Dunn fills us with hope and inspires us to live sensationally.

Dr. Temple Grandin.

Understanding My Autistic Mind: Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin is renowned for her work as a spokesperson for people with autism and her research in the field of animal behavior. Dr. Grandin shares her understanding of her own autistic mind along with different types of human thinking and the need for that neurodiversity. She also shares how her mother and mentors helped her along her life’s journey and how she hopes to help other autistic people and their families.

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