Creating Sensory Smart Classrooms:A Practical Guide for Educators


PrefaceAcknowledgmentsSetting the Stage for Learning with Sensory ProcessingOrganization of the Brain and NeuroplasticityDefining RegulationFoundations of Sensory Processing in the ClassroomClassifying Sensory ProcessingCultural Considerations with Sensory ProcessingIncorporating Sensory Integration into the ClassroomReferencesThe Connection between Sensory Processing, Regulation, and RelationshipsRedefining Behavior as CommunicationA Cyclical Relationship between Sensory Processing and RegulationA Note about StressThe Impact of Co-Regulation on Sensory ProcessingReferencesIdentifying Sensory Processing Disorder in the School EnvironmentImpact of Sensory PreferencesDefining Sensory Processing DisorderSensory Modulation DisorderSensory Discrimination DisorderSensory-Based Motor DisorderRecognizing Different School-Based Sensory NeedsAdditional Supports for Students with Sensory NeedsReferencesThe Visual SystemWhat is the Visual System?How does the Visual System Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Visual Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesThe Auditory SystemWhat is the Auditory System?How does the Auditory System Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Auditory Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesThe Vestibular SystemWhat is the Vestibular System?How does the Vestibular System Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Vestibular Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesThe Tactile SystemWhat is the Tactile System?How does the Tactile System Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Tactile Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesThe Proprioceptive SystemWhat is the Proprioceptive System?How does the Proprioceptive System Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Proprioceptive Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesThe Gustatory, Olfactory, and Interoceptive SystemsWhat are the Gustatory, Olfactory, and Interoceptive Systems?How do the Gustatory, Olfactory, and Interoceptive Systems Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Gustatory, Olfactory, and Interoceptive Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesPostural Stability and PraxisWhat are Postural Stability and Praxis?How do Postural Stability and Praxis Impact Regulation and Learning?Sensory-Smart Praxis and Postural Stability Strategies for Every ClassroomReferencesHow Sleep, Diet, and Screen Time Can Influence Sensory Processing and RegulationInfluence of SleepInfluence of DietInfluence of Screen TimeReferencesConcluding ThoughtsAppendix A Movement Activities for the ClassroomAppendix B Multisensory Learning ActivitiesAppendix C Sensory Preference ChecklistAppendix D Flexible Seating OptionsAppendix E Classroom Quick-Reference Sheets