Presentation on theme: "Sensory Solutions for Children at School and Home"— Presentation transcript:
1Sensory Solutions for Children at School and Home Marvin Williams, Director of Ed.Michaela Parker, MOTR/LIntermountain School
2What is Sensory Integration? Sensory integration is the organization of sensation for use. Our senses give us information about the physical conditions of our body and the environment around us.Jean AyresThe brain must organize all of these sensations to function successfully in our daily activities.
3Neurodevelopment How the brain receives and interprets information Five main sensesTaste, touch, smell, vision, hearingTwo other senses importantVestibular (Movement Sense)Proprioception (Muscle Sense)
4Intermountain and SI Emotionally Challenged Reactive Attachment DisorderAutistic DisorderSensory Processing DisorderGoal is to promote children’s ability to know their sensory needs and how to address them on their own.
5Stress and Anxiety Effects on Sensory Processing A child’s ability to successfully process sensory information is greatly interrupted by stress and anxiety.Symptoms of Anxiety: Sweating, Loss of Appetite, Headaches, Tremors, Butterflies in Stomach, etc.Stress prevents the creation of learning and memory.
6Occupational Therapy and SI OT will evaluate a child’s sensoryprocessing skills to determine ifintervention is necessary.Ex: Sensory ProfileOT can provide specific interventionsto address a child’s sensoryprocessing needs.Ex: How Does Your Engine Run
7Sensory Diets School Home Goal is for child to use sensory diet to identify their individual sensory needs to enhance their success as a student.HomeGoal is for child to use sensory diet as part of their daily routine to have more positive and safe experiences every day.
8Learning Through Movement Heavy WorkPhysical ActivityMovement breaks
9Gum and Fidgets Gum Fidgets Gum can be GOOD! Oral motor movementDeep pressure to jawFidgetsSquishy ball, pencil toppersAnything with textureRules for fidgets
10Calming Strategies and Centers Devoted time and space for students to calm their nervous systemsLight dimmers, turn down lightSlow swingingTightly wrapped in a blanketHeadphones/Soothing music
11Calming Strategies, Cont. Deep PressureDots and Squeezes (joint compressions)Quiet corner with large pillow/bean bag to lie onWeighted ItemsSit in an adult’s lap
12From Classroom to Home Routines Transitions Starting day Ending day Visual timersSounds cuesMusical interludesCountdown from 5 (or 20!)
13BAL – A – VIS – X (BAVX) B-rhythmic balance Auditory Vision; eXercise Originated by Bill Hubert
14What is Bal-A-Vis-X?A series of Balance / Auditory / Vision exercises that are rooted in rhythmExercises that require full-body coordinationNecessitates “focused” attention
15Who Benefits from BAVX? Children and adults who are: Learning Disabled: cognitive integration improves.Behaviorally disordered: “settles”.Diagnosed with ADD / ADHD: attention becomes more focused.Gifted: coordination improves and stress headaches diminish.Non disabled: academic achievement improves.
16BAVX: founder Bill Hubert Teacher for 30+ years – English and reading.Tutor for math, ADHD, writing and reading.Upward Bound summer teacher.Martial arts instructor.Runs a BAVX lab for 7th graders at Hadley Middle School in Wichita, Kansas.
17So – what did Bill see?Inability to control eyes, focus attention, sit or stand without movingIllegible handwritingStiff/locked posture while sitting, standing, walking or runningRhythm less gait while walking or runningDifficulty in distinguishing left from rightOften unclear handednessGeneral clumsinessMental and/or physical apathy
18BAVX – ExercisesExercises are not just for the athlete or daring. They are for everyone!First graders are capable of more than half of them.Nine-year-olds can master all but the most intricate.The non-athletic and physically challenged find BAVX well within their ability range.At least 75% of all exercises can be done while seated.
19Quotes Movement is the door to learning – Paul Dennison The more you move your hands, the more the brain grows – Carla HannafordThe ear choreographs the body’s dance of balance, rhythm, and movement - Don Campbell
20Resources Out of Sync Child Sensory Integration and the Child How Does your Engine Run?Sensory ProfileS’cool MovesDSM-IV-TRBAVX – Bill Hubert developerphone: