SPD and School Help

Our 4th grade son is having issues in his classroom. He has an IEP but it very loosely written - chew gum, take exercise breaks. He is getting overwhelmed with the noise level in the class and there is another child that has other issues that is distracting him. Even though his write-up says he will become overwhelmed in loud environments our son is being sent out of the classroom.

Does anyone have any advice on what we should be working on with his teachers or specific wording we should request on his IEP? They don't understand SPD and are labeling him as a behavior problem. They say he is a hard nut to crack as he is doing great academically! Need help!!!

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Dec 10, 2014
Dealing with issues
by: Anonymous

There are certainly things that can be done if the noise is distracting him. There are earphones he can wear during classwork time. Do some research Helping your child with sensory sensitivities

What you do to help your child with sensory sensitivities will depend on how your child reacts to the environment.

If your child is easily overwhelmed by surroundings, you could try the following:

Have a ‘quiet space’ your child can go to when he feels overwhelmed.
Give your child extra time to take in what you’re saying.
Introduce your child to new places at quiet times, gradually increasing the amount of time she spends there over subsequent visits.
Let your child try ear plugs to help with sound sensitivities.
Speak with people ahead of time about your child’s needs if you’re going somewhere – they might be able to adjust a few things to make it easier. For example, if you’re making a playdate for your child, you could ask for it to be in a place that’s familiar to your child. You could look out for cinemas that have ‘sensory friendly’ movie screenings.

Auditory Accommodations

1. Have earplugs or sound blocking headphones available for children who are sensitive to, or distracted by environmental noises

2. Ask child to repeat directions back to you before they start their work to ensure they understand

3. Establish eye contact with the child before speaking to them

4. Teach children to ask for help and make yourself available to them if they are having difficulty

5. Break directions down into steps and allow extra time for children to process them if needed

6. Warn children of any loud noises before they occur (bells, fire alarms etc.)

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