Why & How to use sensory tools?

Holding an object in their hands can often enhance learning. If used at mat time, and given a Dinosaur ball, the student can

  • sit for longer,
  • is less disruptive to peers, and
  • is calmer to start activities
  • has reduced anxiety levels

Find sensory activities extremely rewarding (unlike stars or verbal rewards)

Replace inappropriate behaviours, that is

  • Replace biting hand with chewy tube
  • Replace difficulty waiting with using a timer

Ideas to try:

  • Have rules. For example, return toys to box at end of mat time
  • Use visual schedules/photos to remind student of rules
  • Use a range of activities and change regularly
  • Use toy as a waiting object (ie: hold the ball until it is your turn for the game)