Blog Category: Schools

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How to Create a Sensory-Friendly After-School Program

If you are leading an after-school program, consider adding sensory-friendly features at any time during the school year! Sensory-friendly features will help students with what is often a sensory-rich environment in after-school programs. For many parents, choosing after-school care that is a fit for their child is critical. Furthermore, children with sensory sensitivities struggle with

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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

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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. A research study, “Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids” by Juliana Bunim (2013), predicted that sensory processing disorders impact up to 16% of school-aged children. Furthermore, children with sensory processing disorders

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Celebrate a Sensory-Friendly Valentine’s Day in the Classroom  

Are you an educator looking for ideas to support students in your classroom? This blog post is for you! Valentine’s Day classroom celebrations are often filled with candy, cards, and heart-themed activities. Classroom celebrations bring excitement. However, for students with autism, sensory sensitivities, or sensory disorders, Valentine’s Day celebrations can be a confusing and overwhelming

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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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What Is a Sensory-Friendly School Bus?

For many students, taking the school bus is stressful and overwhelming. A crowded bus, traffic noise and a high-energy environment induce anxiety for many children. Sensory sensitivity, sensory overload and sensory processing difficulties add to the challenge of school bus transportation. Additionally, this research, “A Scoping Review of Accessible Student Transport Services for Children With

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How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Classroom

So you might think that a sensory-friendly experience or environment is something that happens at the movies, the theatre, or a store. Consider that a sensory-friendly environment is needed at school too! Many children, both with and without diagnoses of sensory disorders, have sensory sensitivities. Schools and teacher often do not know how to help

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Darian’s Story: Celebrate Success

Darian’s story is about how Darian and his mother taught me an important lesson.  That everyone should be given the opportunity to be celebrated. For many years, I worked with children and their families.  And, for many years with autistic children. Over 20 years ago, I piloted a school readiness group with a colleague.  We

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Autism – Friendly Schools: from Elementary to Post-Secondary.

Sensory rooms can help with sensory issues Many families and students are curious about the modifications for students with autism. An example are schools for students at any age that have created autism-friendly sensory rooms on campus.  In fact, some of these institutions have sensory pods for autism. Students who identify with neurodiversity or with

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