Environmental Modifications To Help Children With Sensory Processing/Sensory Integration Disorders
Environmental Modifications For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders In Classrooms, At Home, or In A Daycare:
Use dim, natural lighting
Use pale, pastel colors on walls
Provide a quiet/less stimulating corner of the room for a child to go to/use to calm down
Use blankets/ sheets/ play tents for child to sleep or just relax in
Have child sleep in or under heavy blankets, weighted blankets, or a sleeping bag
Use beanbag chairs and giant pillows to sit on and "squish" the child with
Provide relaxing music on tape player or headphones. For example, ocean waves, rain, classical music, nature tapes, slow/rhythmic music, white noise or nature sound machines
Reduce visual distractions
Keep toys/items/supplies neatly organized in bins and/or in their proper place
Avoid strong odors, use mild air freshening smells (vanilla works great!)
Schedule gross motor/ deep pressure/ movement activities prior to sit-down activities (circle time, lunch, table top activities etc.)
Show schedule in words and pictures
Provide many opportunities for "sensory" experiences (learning through movement, sight, taste, smell, touch, and sound)
These environmental modifications are a necessary part of the environment
for any child with sensory processing disorders or sensory integration
dysfunction. They will keep distractions to a minimum, help regulate the
child's arousal level, increase concentration and productivity, and help the
child stay in control throughout the day.
I sure wish I had known what I know now about these environmental
modifications when my daughter was born! I NEVER would have made her spend the
first 7 years of her life in a BRIGHT YELLOW (and I mean bright, primary
yellow!) bedroom. If someone had only told me!
Please understand the importance of these modifications to the environment...
you WILL notice a difference in children's "behavior" if you implement these
suggestions. Trust me, I have seen it done!
Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist
- comprehensive SPD Checklist; signs and symptoms of tactile, auditory, olfactory and oral defensiveness, as well as proprioceptive and vestibular dysfunction.
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