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Sensory Breaks and Improving Focus

5 ways to improve focus with Sensory Breaks

- Dancing!

need I say more? Students love to move, so do yourself a favour and check out GoNoodle. It’s a free and interactive resource designed for student’s to get ‘the wiggles out and refocus the classroom'. For other sensory motor break ideas, have a look at this Take a (sensory-motor) Break! Activity Guide.

- Visual Schedules
Keep students on task and avoid meltdowns by providing visual aids for your students to follow throughout the day:Daily Schedule Pocket ChartPocket charts can be used to display and order daily events to relieve student anxiety and provide a structured focus for the school day and all activities.For more visual schedules, visit the Autism Classroom Resources website, where you can find a range of visual resources, including the ‘First-Then Schedules board’, which displays goals and incentives for students in the classroom to assist behaviour support or proactivity especially for students with an ASD or other disability.

- Timers
Timers can be used in a range of versatile ways in the classrooms to give students a visual cue reflecting the duration of an activity.Sand Timer
Students can also use sand timers during class breaks to help calm nerves and anxieties as they watch the sediment sink to the bottom of the hour glass.

Reflection Time
When students need some alone-time to cool down and refocus, try using emotion stones:
Emotion StonesStudents can actively reflect during periods of time out with emotion stones. Emotion sensory stones can be used to identify and articulate emotions. The stones are a durable toy that students can play with and explore shapes and patterns.

- Break Box
Create a ‘break box’ for tired or restless children.Break boxes are filled with a range of tactile tools that encourage sensory play. Sensory tools are particularly beneficial for children with an ASD where senses may be absent or delayed. Visit http://bit.ly/2fNNDbG for our range of sensory products.You might like to use a timer to limit the time use of the break box.For more ideas visit http://bit.ly/2bXRb3Y What sensory tools are used in your classroom?

Written by Rebecca Worthy

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