As a parent, you may or may not be aware that each child achieves success in his/her own unique way, both socially and intellectually. The kids have a wide range of learning styles, problems, and gifts. Your ability to meet your child’s wants, offer access to their education, and support their social and emotional growth determines their success. Children with impairments can also be given an opportunity by providing varied sensory strategies by parents at home. Children with special needs can also be provided new educational possibilities at home with a lot of sensorial strategies that include hands-on activities.
Children with sensory processing issues frequently engage in physical and verbal activities in an attempt to re-establish control over their internal sensory systems. These actions are frequently disruptive and draw unfavorable attention wherever they go. The existence of a sensory processing issue has a direct influence on the academic and social components of a child’s achievement in kindergarten school.
The aspects of learning instructional aspects of a lesson that have an influence on children with sensory processing disorders’ capacity to achieve academic progress and satisfy their peers’ social expectations. Children with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) must work harder than normal children to participate in an environment where their sensory requirements are either unmet or overstimulated. Less disruptive conduct leads to better attention and involvement during learning, which leads to increased academic and social achievement in kids with SPD who have those specific requirements.
By following the given teaching methodologies, we can improve the ability to increase the attention and concentration of your child that is the primary aim and problem for most sensory learners.
Movement breaks: Kids cannot sit for long periods of time. It is good to keep them busy with brain activation as much as possible. We need to increase the break time and incorporate a lot of chores that stimulate brain breaks by giving a lot of learning that has movement and also give them physical exercise. Jumping jacks, skipping around and slithering like a snake can be some fun activities for kindergarten kids.
Quiet Corner: Parents can create a quiet zone at home for toddlers to relax with soothing gentle music. We can also make the kids comfortable with a lot of cushions and create a positive learning atmosphere for learning peacefully when they need to concentrate. We can put some of their favourite books to read, stuffed toys to play.
Fidgets: The kids can be given fidgets or other sensory tools. Stress balls, velcro dots to rub under the desk, or tiny manipulatives are all good. It is good to give quiet fidgets that help your kid focus and pay attention at home and can also request the teacher to provide fidgets in preschool.
Reduction of visual clutter: Children in heavily decorated rooms get distracted when they are doing some sensorial activities. Keep a room that is less decorated to spend more time with some of the tasks. According to the research, preschool kids show lower learning gains when the rooms have more decoratives than the ones that have minimal decoration. Drawing, colouring or painting activities to explore colours can be given to the preschoolers to enjoy.
Keep Noise at an Appropriate Level: Children may get distracted by VERY LOUD noises. Consider attempting to study in a noisy environment. Overstimulation can be avoided. The living room that has a television can be very noisy and kids can be distracted very easily by the presence of a lot of people too. Instead they can be taken to a room that ensures suitable noise levels. Reading books and other sensorial activities that increase their concentration can be given to the kids.
Exploring with food: Children can be given fruits and vegetables to explore and experiment with the food to learn the texture and help them to develop the taste of different things. So make a designated place for the kids to sit and explore food.
Create a Sand tray or box: Use a sand tray with lots of sensorial sand toys like shovels and cups in the box to make the children feel the environment through play. Creating such an opportunity creates the kids imagination through play.
Planting in a garden: Planting a sapling in the garden can be made a fun activity that helps the children with a great sensorial benefit for kids through digging dirt, sowing seeds, planting a sapling, watering, smelling the flowers can be a great way to engage kids and calm them down.
Water Play: Playing in water with lots of toys can be a good sensorial activity for the children. A tub with water or a baby pool can be fun for kids and children to explore water toys along with having lots of fun.
Sensorial activities can be fun with lots of simple household things and made into very interesting and easy activities without complications. children’s capacity to assimilate sensory information is influenced by their learning styles. Create multi-sensory methodologies that include tactile, visual, auditory, and kinesthetic elements (movement).
Activities that help children engage all the senses will give them a chance to learn and grow as they get involved with the environment to learn new things.