Although today isn’t exactly for parents, a big part of being a sensory parent is advocating for our kids and bringing awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder. Today is about teachers. As parents we know that along with Sensory Processing Disorder can come some challenging behaviors.
TIPS FOR TEACHERS
As a special needs mom, I am so incredibly grateful for teachers who are always willing to learn and grow. First of all, I want you to know that I am not an Occupational Therapist, I am just a mom who happens to know a lot about Sensory Processing Disorder.
One study says that 1 in 20 kids have Sensory Processing Disorder (http://spdfoundation.net/files/9614/2430/1228/ahn_miller.pdf) that’s at least 1 child in every classroom. Another study says that as many as 1 in 6 kids have Sensory Processing Disorder. But, if you are like most teachers that I have talked with almost all of them are not familiar with Sensory Process Disorder. Here’s the important things for you to know.
First, let me tell you it’s real. I know because I live with it every single day. I know that it hasn’t made it into the medical diagnostics (yet!), but the everyday challenges that our daughter faces because she doesn’t process sounds, touch, movement, body regulation, muscle activity typically are constantly there. Even with extensive therapy.
Second, similar to Autism, every child that has Sensory Processing Disorder is completely unique. The saying for Autism could also apply to Sensory Processing Disorder, if you have met one child with Sensory Processing Disorder you have met one child.
Third, embrace the uniqueness a child with Sensory Processing Disorder brings to the classroom and add in classroom wide activities that will benefit every child.
Fourth, learn everything you can about Sensory Processing Disorder. Here are some great resources:
What every parent needs to know about Sensory Processing Disorder.
Kissing the Wiggles Good-bye. Help for sitting still.
What is a Sensory Diet.
Is it behavior or is it Sensory?
10 Calming Sensory Strategies for in the Classroom
Working with a Child that has Sensory Processing Disorder
How Sensory Processing affects kids in School
Parents if you are looking for printable handouts to share with your school please check out Angie Voss’s (Occupational Therapist) website for a lot of great options!
Make it a great year!