Introduction to Sensory processing disorder presentation

Recently I’ve been experimenting with Prezi- a free, online presentation creator. I’ve made a few Prezis for work and although it’s taken a while I’m finally getting to grips with it!

I created this Prezi to share with staff- it’s a very basic and simple introduction to sensory processing covering sensory processing disorder, sensory based motor disorder and sensory modulation disorder. Hope it proves useful to someone!

Simple colour sorting activity

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This is a super simple activity ideal for task and finish or TEACCH boxes- all you need is:

Buttons

Paint charts

 

Simply laminate your paint charts, select some nice big buttons and then ask the children to match the buttons to the colours. A simpler activity would be to just have one colour rather than a whole chart of different tones but we already had these charts laminated froom a different activity and Little B enjoyed sorting the buttons along the line. I’ve also done this with just two colours of buttons and two charts rather than a whole set.

Mini-feely blanket

Many of the children I teach are sensory seekers- they love to touch, stroke, mouth and twiddle. One of my little ones developed a fascination with the feeling of my leggings. Everytime I sat anywhere near him he would pinch a handful (sometimes trapping some leg skin too!) and start rubbing the fabric. After a few bruises I decided to have a go at making something that might fulfil this sensory need in a more socially acceptable and non-bruising way. I’ve made ‘taggie blankets’ for friends babies and toddlers in the past and thought something similar might work.

These are really simple to make- you just need a sewing machine, some strips of fabric and ribbon and two squares of fabric.

Place the two square together right (pattern) sides together and insert the strip of fabric. Then nearly all the way round and turn right side out through the gap. I then oversew round and round at least twice to finish the gap off and to ensure the strips of ribbon and fabric are firmly attached.

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The completed taggie oversewn several times for strength!
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The back- this one uses a corduroy fabric on the back as it was another favourite texture
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Different ribbon textures- smooth, silky, rough, stretch etc

These have been very popular with the kids in my class and I’ve spent many a happy evening sewing up new ones to take in favourite textures, patterns and colours. I’ve added a few dried peas and lavender into some and sewn lanyards on other so they are always around to help sooth and relax children.

Easy, simple, cheap and effective = a winner all round!

Building a teachers book case

Here area  few of my favourite books- the ones I reach for again and again when I need ideas, support or just a bit of encouragement!

Ros Bayleys books are great there are lovely ones for helping children to talk, outdoors, dacing, writing and loads more. I love this book in particular though as it's full of really exciting ideas to get children wanting to write.
Ros Bayleys books are great there are lovely ones for helping children to talk, outdoors, dancing, writing and loads more. I love this book in particular though as it’s full of really exciting ideas to get children wanting to write.
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A practical book about setting up a nurture group- forms, policy templates, planning formats as well as practical, useful advice.
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The classic book about nurture groups written by Marjorie Boxall who set the first group up, developed the Boxall profile and is general inspiration. A must for teachers interested in social development and emotional wellbeing.
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Easy to read book about the links between attachments and learning and behaviour the classroom.
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There are loads of these little books covering every part of the classroom from role play to maths to science through art. All full of great, practical, hands on activities.
    Fantastic book if you're working with children who would benefit from a sensory based curriculum. Quite heavy going in some places and more of an academic book that a 'how to' but lots of inspiration and back up for aruging why you might want to take this course.
Fantastic book if you’re working with children who would benefit from a sensory based curriculum. Quite heavy going in some places and more of an academic book that a ‘how to’ but lots of inspiration and back up for arguing why you might want to take this course.
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Book full of practical ideas for teaching mathematics with a bit of theory thrown in . There’s also a great foundations of literacy book too.
lovely little book full of geat ideas of games to play with children with ASD. Mose require very little in the way of resources and there are games to play with children functioning at a whole range of levels.
Lovely little book full of great ideas of games to play with children with ASD. Most require very little in the way of resources and there are games to play with children functioning at a whole range of levels.

Books for spring

Spring is on its way. The winter books are packed safely away and it’s time to get out the Spring books!

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Gerda Mullers wordless picture books are lovely, sturdy and great for inspiring talk in the classroom.
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I love the gentle, evocative illustrations in this book. When Daisys Mums egg doesn’t hatch with the others she decides to sit on it herself.
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Part of a set of four all about Little nutbrown hare and big nutbrown hare. Lots of lovely illustrations to look at although th text isn’t the best out there.

 

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A short little rhyming book all about the things you see in Spring. Although this is an American book it’s fairly country neutral.
BunnyWhoFoundEaster
A lovely little book about a bunny who hops through the season looking for Easter after a wise old owl tells him “There are always lots of bunnies at Easter”
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A simple retelling of the Easter story.