School modifications

What, if any, modifications should be made at school? (specifically with behavior expectations)

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Oct 10, 2010
by: Jacci

first off i am an early childhood teacher and my son has spd. I teach primarily 4 and 5 year olds but have begun advocating and presenting trainings for other teachers. Accommodations can be made to make classroooms more comfortable for children with SPD but they will vary depending on your child's specific needs. Here are some therapies and accommodations that I have used or seen used in a classroom.

chewy tubes/teething rings-- for those oral seekers and biters, made from silicone tubing, it gives them an appropriate alternative for mouthing.

foam rollers - for those kids who cannot keep there feet still.. cut up foam pool noodles and allow children to roll them under their feet while required to sit at a desk.

ear muffs/plugs- for those kids who are easily distracted or scared by sounds,

Light colored sunglasses (amber/blue)- for those who are adversely affected by florescent lighting

bouncy balls/one leg stools - also for those that need to move a lot, especially for those with balance concerns.

large exercises balls (can come with nubs)- replace chair at tables, offers sensory stimulation and works on balance.

Chewing gum/mints - also for oral seekers

fridge box (all about me cave)- make a quiet, comfortable place for when spd students ( or anyone) gets overwhelmed

small heavy blankets - for those who are agoraphobic, can be used in place of weighted vests.

tantrum mat- i use exercise grade mats that interlink, creates a safe, limited area for children to have a 'melt down' They self select this area just like the me cave.

These are just a few of the things that i have used, hope that this gives you some ideas.

Oct 10, 2010
by: zacksmum

i would also like to hear any suggestions which i may be able to pass onto my sons school

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