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Welcome-updated 7/15/16
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Fine/Visual Motor Skills - UPDATED 7/15/16
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Sensory - UPDATED 7/15/16
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Sensory - UPDATED 7/15/16 Sensory

Our senses work together to give us information about our bodies.  They help us know where our body parts are in relation to one another, where our bodies are in the surrounding space, and what is happening around us.  When the sensory information is processed correctly, it helps us to interact appropriately with our environment.  If not interpreted correctly, it can result in over or under-reaction to environmental cues. 

Sensory processing difficulties may be demonstrated in many ways in the school setting, including, but not limited to, the following:

      • Motor clumsiness
      • Resistance to different textures, i.e. glue, fingerpaints
      • Reactions to sounds/noise
      • Difficulty with focus/attention
      • Impulsiveness; over/under active; fidgety
      • Poor organization
      • Resistance to or fear of playground equipment, i.e. moving equipment or with feet off ground

In the school setting, sensory issues must be impacting the students' ability to access his/her special education for Occupational Therapy to be considered.  The OTR/L and/or COTA/L work to find strategies that help the student maintain his/her appropriate arousal level to function in school, as well as suggesting modifications within the classroom to accomodate the students' sensory needs.  Heavy work activities, which provide input into the joints and muscles, tend to be organizing and calming, and help students with attention and focus and body awareness.  Fidgets (see below), "mouth tools," and movement can also help with these areas. Below are links to files and webpages that give information and strategies to address sensory needs in the schools.

NEW - Sensory Planning Tips for the Classroom Setting

NEW - The Bubble - video of kids explaining the personal space bubble

NEW - Take 5 Breathing Exercise - managing BIG emotions

My Pinterest Sensory Board

100 Sensory Activities for Home or School {Free Printable}

Meeting sensory Needs on a Budget

A Sensory Life -Angie Voss OTR - blog, printables, strategies, resources

10 ways to calm a class after lunch or recess

Helping Children Find Focus

Sensory Street - Free Downloads

Organizing Proprioceptive Activities

Turning My Picky Eater Around: An Easy to Follow Plan

20 Brain Breaks Action Songs: Let’s Move!

Picky Eaters vs Problem Eaters

Heartbeat Sound

Sensory Processing

Complete Guide to Sensory Processing

Sensory World - The soft social networking for people affected by sensory disorders

Soft Clothing

Sensory Apps

Sensory Modulation and Sensory Integration Activities for Home and School

Sensory Solutions, LLC of Sarasota Co. - Offering a wide range of developmental services for children and adults of all ages!

99 Sensory Activities for Any Child

Webcast - Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

Sensory Activities for Home and School

Keystone Kids Sensory Activities - A chart of activities, directions, and what type of sensory input each activitiy provides.

Alert Program

Heavy Work Activities

Disclaimer
The information presented in this web site is provided as a source for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a recommended program, or substitute for physician or therapist evaluation or treatment by a healthcare professional.



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Lamarque Elementary School, Sarasota School District