Sensory activities help students and adults experience success at school, 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 employs a full-time Sensory Coordinator who collaborates with program staff to create a personal sensory plan for each student – a sensory plan designed to maximize students’ learning potential, decrease negative behaviors, and increase socialization. A sensory diet might include:
- Walking – taking a brief walk at specified intervals.
- Brushing – brushing the body with a small surgical brush.
- Therapeutic listening – listening to nature sounds or carefully selected music.
- Fidgets – objects to keep students’ hands busy.
- Desk accommodations – standing desk, specialized seating, or stretch bands on chair legs, etc.
- Push-ups, jumping – includes push-ups done against a wall or jumping on a trampoline.
Sensory plans may include specific activities at designated times throughout the day. Additionally, if LGS staff see a student losing focus or becoming over-stressed or excited they 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 – not only to help them succeed at Linden Grove School, but in high school and beyond.
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