How to Avoid Sensory Overload in School

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Sensory overload can effect anyone.  The beginning of a new school year is both exciting and terrifying for children. It’s an end to summer fun, and the start of bed times, waking up early, new teachers and new classmates.

Some children can handle this sensory overload, and other’s can get overwhelmed fairly easily. It’s important for teachers to anticipate this and be equipped with tools to help their students.

How can you help your students who are more sensitive to sensory overload?

Kids who go to school must also become familiar with a different classroom routine as well as the culture and expectations of a new teacher.  Add it all up, and it can become some of the most intense sensory input in the world.

Providing a “quiet space” anywhere in the classroom can give students a place to calm down and collect themselves if they get too overwhelmed. Filling the quiet space with boxes of sand so that student’s can run their hands through it.  Heavy blankets should be available to wear to help with sensory overload.

Teachers can dim the lights and turn on white noise music while students work independently, so they can drown out distracting noises and lessen the feeling of stress.  Often times if students combine two or more calming methods, together they can have a positive impact for students.

For a more in-depth understanding about how to avoid sensory overload, read the original article here:
10 CALMING SENSORY STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL