Sensory Interventions are ones that are designed to help children who have sensory processing difficulties. These may show themselves through difficulty maintaining concentration, both because the child is managing so many sensory inputs they find it hard to focus or they are struggling to process and are seeking a string sensory input to help them become alert and able to focus.
As we are not Sensory Intervention specialists we have followed the advice and training received through a qualified Occupational Therapist. With this advice and training we have been able to apply general principles of Sensory Integration through a universal approach. These are delivered through Sensory Circuits every morning with calming and alerting activities and then for individuals who benefit from them, sensory based activities are included during the day as part of the curriculum to maintain their ability to focus on learning. This could be a cushion for their chair, or to have regular opportunities to bounce round the school on a space hopper.
Sensory Interventions are delivered from Nursery through to Key Stage 5, taking account of pupils’ levels of understanding and sensory needs. The aim is to increase their physical comfort and readiness for learning which in turn leads to greater self-esteem, increased concentration and better well-being.
We realise the importance of engagement and we acknowledge that deeper learning can only occur when pupils are fully engaged and have resources matched to their personal learning styles. Sensory Interventions are embedded throughout the school and we realise the importance of this in enabling students to engage in learning, underpinning their attention and focus.
Although Sensory Integration needs are not formally assessed, the sensory circuit and general sensory based activities are closely and regularly monitored by an Occupational Therapist. The sensory interventions are reviewed and adapted to suit each class as required.
For further information, please discuss this with your child’s class teacher.