Sensory activities help students and adults experience success at school, at work and in their personal lives. Chewing gum, for example, reduces anxiety and improves concentration. A few jumping jacks or push-ups increase energy and attention.
Linden Grove School staff collaborate to create a personal sensory plan for each student. A plan might include:
- Walking – taking a brief walk at specified intervals.
- Brushing – brushing the body with a small surgical brush.
- Therapeutic listening – listening to carefully selected music.
- Fidgets – objects to keep students’ hands busy.
- Desk accommodations – standing desk, specialized seating, etc.
- Objects to chew – pencil toppers, chewable jewelry, and more.
- Push-ups, jumping – includes push-ups against a wall or jumping on a trampoline.
During the day, if a student is losing focus or becoming overly stressed a staff member might ask, “Do you need a break?” Ultimately, staff work with students to help them identify when they are feeling stressed or fatigued and the tools they can use to help them adjust and get back on track.
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