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Sensory Smart Classrooms

Britt Collins, MS, OTR/L

August 28, 2012

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Have you found that schools and teachers are receptive to "sensory smart" classroom techniques that allow opportunities for movement and sensory stimulation throughout the day?

Answer

Yes and no.  I have found that sometimes teachers are overwhelmed with the amount that they have to teach during the day and they feel that moving in the classroom would be too distracting to the kids.  

However, there are kids that need these sensory interventions to be able to calm themselves.  In these cases, I usually approach the teacher and ask if I could try some sensory techniques for a trial period, say 1-2 weeks.  I tell them that at the end of this period if they do not see a difference or they find it too distracting that we can try something else.  

I have found that in most cases the teachers find these strategies to be very effective, not only for the "sensory kids", but for the rest of the class as well.  It is important to educate the teacher to integrate sensory strategies throughout the day so that it becomes a "lifestyle", not just a time set aside for "sensory time".


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Britt Collins, MS, OTR/L

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Britt Collins, graduated from Colorado State University over 13 years ago and since then has worked tirelessly on OT and Sensory Integration awareness, research and application.  Britt has worked in a variety of settings including pediatric hospital inpatient, ICU, rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, homes, schools and skilled nursing facilities.  With her award-winning OT book series, "Sensory Parenting: Newborns to Toddlers, Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years," and her latest book “Sensory Yoga for Kids: Therapeutic Movement for Children of all Abilities” she's among the cutting-edge leaders in the field.  Britt is currently working on publishing her first children’s book and it will be in print early 2019!
Currently, Britt resides outside of Memphis, TN.  She has a two-year-old daughter and is expecting a baby boy in September.  For more information on Britt, please visit www.sensoryparenting.com and www.sensoryyogaforkids.com


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