Blog Author: Sydney-Ellen Cooke

Teacher high-fiving student in classroom wearing a backpack.

Sensory-Friendly Greetings for the Classroom

If you are a teacher, you likely understand how important it is to ensure that every student feels welcomed in the classroom. By greeting each student in the morning with a sensory-friendly greeting, you help to ensure that student is recognized and know that they are a valuable member of the classroom. However, did you

3 young children dressed up for Easter.

Why Choose Sensory-Friendly Easter Greetings?

Are you organizing a gathering of family and friend for Easter? Maybe your are planning an Easter egg hunt, a large family dinner, an Easter eggs decorating party or even visiting the Easter Bunny. However, if you have a child with sensory sensitivities, your family likely struggles to participate in all of these Easter celebrations.

Young girl sleeping in bed holding stuffed animal.

Create Sensory-Friendly Sleep for Your Child

For many parents, managing their child’s bedtime is a difficult and exhausting process. Oftentimes, children are hesitant to go to bed or have difficulties falling and staying asleep. However, for a child with sensory sensitivities, these challenges may be extreme. As a result, your child is likely overtired and experiencing difficulty in regular activities at

Vet smiling at sensory-friendly vet with dog.

Make Your Veterinary Clinic Sensory-Friendly

Curious about why your veterinary clinic should be sensory-friendly? Your clinic is a busy, noisy, bright environment. A mixed group of pets and people make your waiting area and treatment areas especially sensory-rich. The anxiety of your patients and their humans add to a stressful experience. As a result, these factors can contribute to a

St. Patrick's Day street parade with crowds of people on either side of the street.

Create a Sensory-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parade

As St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaches, many communities are in the process of planning their upcoming parade for families to enjoy. St. Patrick’s Day parades often involve crowds of people with lots of green decorations and flashing lights, Irish-themed floats, seasonal costumes, and loud music. These events are exciting for many families and represent a

Young boy laying on blanket with shamrocks on his eyes on St. Patrick's Day.

6 Sensory-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tips for Parents

With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations coming up, many families are plan fun-filled, but sensory-rich activities. Oftentimes, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations involve gatherings with friends, creating crafts and attending community events. A common community event is a St. Patrick’s Day parade. However, for parents with children who have sensory sensitivities, parades are a problem. The loud

A man and woman checking in at the airport on touch screen device.

Make Plane, Train, and Bus Terminals Sensory-Friendly

For many people, traveling by plane, train or bus is fun! However, for people with sensory sensitivities, transportation is often overwhelming and contributes to sensory overload. Regardless of whether it’s a plane, train, or bus, there are several parts of the travelling or simply commuting that make it stress-inducing. As a result, many people avoid

Sensory-friendly teacher sitting beside student helping with school work.

How to Be a Sensory-Friendly Teacher

As the number of people who experience sensory sensitivities continues to increase, many students are experiencing difficulties in school. According to research conducted in 2013, it is predicted that up to 16% of school-aged children are impacted by sensory processing disorders. Oftentimes, balancing the learning experience with a busy classroom environment is a challenge. This

Teacher sitting with students working on sensory-friendly Valentine's Day craft.

Create a Sensory-Friendly Valentine’s Day Classroom Celebration

As a child, Valentine’s Day celebrations at schools are often filled with candy, cards and heart-themed activities. This holiday is a time for celebration and excitement. However, for students with autism, sensory sensitivities or sensory disorders, Valentine’s Day celebrations in the classroom can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. As a result, many children may

Young girl sitting at desk in front of computer making a silly face during sensory-friendly Valentine's Day party..

Host a Sensory Friendly Virtual Valentine’s Day Classroom Party

For many students, holiday celebrations at schools are different with online learning. Many children are navigating school online and remotely. This transition is difficult for students and parents, as well as teachers. Many educators struggle to create a sensory-friendly virtual classroom to accommodate all students’ needs. As a result, many teachers are unaware of the

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