Sensory needs are being recognised as a vital part of learning, development and engagement within the classroom and are being used more often to make education both accessible and fun. To harness the full potential of sensory supports, using these strategies correctly is key!
This is the essential guide to using sensory strategies successfully with school children, from occupational therapist, Kim Griffin, who has 20 years of experience supporting sensory needs.
As you make your way through the book, you will be joined by Isla and Noah, two children whose stories will help illustrate how information in the book can be used practically. In addition, the book includes personal anecdotes from Kim, links to further reading, reflective questions and teacher perspectives to show how a teacher might use the information in the classroom. These features will help you easily identify sensory needs and use sensory tools effectively.
Susan Allen, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University
This sensational book for school staff provides a deeply grounded introduction to sensory processing and self-regulation. Readers are guided through the process of positive change and given many practical activities and strategies to support students with differences in the classroom.
Joanna Grace, Sensory Engagement and Inclusion Specialist, Doctoral Researcher and Founder of The Sensory Projects.
Kim presents a super simple, step by step introduction to sensory support strategies for anyone to pick up and use. Sign posting provided will allow curious readers to find out more about topics they encounter. Kim shows an awareness and respect for contemporary understandings of neurodiversity and guides readers around common misunderstandings. On every page theoretical knowledge is linked with real world situations that bring the information to life.
Sarah Singleton – Specialist Teacher/SEND Consultant (SEND Station Ltd)
What a gem of a book! Kim (a SEND Station presenter) has put together a resource that is relatable to everyone, so comprehensive and accessible in its format. Fantastic for practitioners and parents to understand and then dip into, to best support their children. We love the visuals too!
Heather Kuhaneck, Professor and Program Director of Ocupational Therapy, Southern Connecticut State University
Classroom teachers will find this text extremely supportive of their work in two primary ways (1) providing a variety of helpful strategies to address students’ sensory-related behaviors AND (2) providing clear explanations for those sensory-related behaviors and strategies. This book provides the background and training teachers need to implement sensory strategies in the classroom with care and understanding.