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Sensory solutions: embedding sensory interventions in to high needs classrooms.

Carlton Primary School, VIC

At Carlton Primary we have many students who exhibit signs that they will benefit from sensory interventions. With many students living in high-rise public housing, and a vast majority also from refugee and migrant backgrounds, children lack the opportunity to really develop their gross motor skills in early childhood.

Without this important chance to acquire these vital skills, children do not have the foundations on which to develop fine motor skills. This lack of foundation can lead to sensory integration difficulties which they experience in ways such as:

  • Feeling a need to move around a lot
  • Inability to sit for very long, low muscle tone
  • Trouble with focus, easily distracted
  • Problems working on having a pencil grip – writing and drawing issues
  • Struggles with self-regulation
  • Auditory processing issues
  • Hyperactivity

An occupational therapist was engaged to observe in our classrooms and she has provided us with a range of suggestions for us. Our aim is for each classroom to have a kit of sensory interventions that can be allocated to students to support them in whatever way is needed. 

Sensory kits will include items such as:

  • Noise cancelling headphones for sudatory sensitivity
  • Fidgets to support focus
  • Hug seats (to provide pressure around a child)
  • Wobble seats for those who need constant movement
  • Calm jars to help with self regulation
  • Weighted vests or cushions
  • Aromatherapy that provides comforting smells to aid calming

We want to give our students the best opportunity to succeed in their learning, and for many, this includes teachers responding to children’s sensory needs. Having a kit in each class to address these needs will undoubtedly support our students, and improve outcomes.

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Carlton Primary School

CARLTON, VIC

www.carltonprimaryschool.vic.edu.au

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$20

could go towards a set of noise cancelling headphones

$35

could buy a wobble cushion

$60

could go towards a weighted vest

$100

could buy a deep pressure hug seat

$500

could buy a cozy canoe for each classroom

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At Carlton Primary we have many students who exhibit signs that they will benefit from sensory interventions. With many students living in high-rise public housing, and a vast majority also from refugee and migrant backgrounds, children lack the opportunity to really develop their gross motor skills in early childhood.

Without this important chance to acquire these vital skills, children do not have the foundations on which to develop fine motor skills. This lack of foundation can lead to sensory integration difficulties which they experience in ways such as:

  • Feeling a need to move around a lot
  • Inability to sit for very long, low muscle tone
  • Trouble with focus, easily distracted
  • Problems working on having a pencil grip – writing and drawing issues
  • Struggles with self-regulation
  • Auditory processing issues
  • Hyperactivity

An occupational therapist was engaged to observe in our classrooms and she has provided us with a range of suggestions for us. Our aim is for each classroom to have a kit of sensory interventions that can be allocated to students to support them in whatever way is needed. 

Sensory kits will include items such as:

  • Noise cancelling headphones for sudatory sensitivity
  • Fidgets to support focus
  • Hug seats (to provide pressure around a child)
  • Wobble seats for those who need constant movement
  • Calm jars to help with self regulation
  • Weighted vests or cushions
  • Aromatherapy that provides comforting smells to aid calming

We want to give our students the best opportunity to succeed in their learning, and for many, this includes teachers responding to children’s sensory needs. Having a kit in each class to address these needs will undoubtedly support our students, and improve outcomes.

Carlton Primary School

CARLTON,

www.carltonprimaryschool.vic.edu.au