Back 2 School : Best Sensory Objects for Students

By: The Tiny Activist

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Trends like fidget spinners and poppers have exploded on the scene of early childhood classrooms, but they actually help neurodiverse kids concentrate and feel more comfortable.  

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Children who have sensory differences (like tactile, auditory, or oral defensiveness, etc.) sometimes tune out or go into "sensory overload / sensory shutdown" mode when their nervous systems become overloaded.

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"The key to a sensory-informed classroom is that it supports the various sensory needs of the students in the classroom in a way that is as natural as possible. Not all students learn the same, nor do they have the same sensory needs."

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As a neurodivergent person, I benefit from weighted blankets and objects, but not everyone does.

Here are 3 tools that I use on a daily basis to help me concentrate:

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Here are some other tools I've used in the classroom for sensory needs:

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"Fidgets "can help improve concentration and learning by allowing your brain to actively focus on the task at hand through small, repetitive movements and manipulations to avoid overwhelming distractions."

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Needing to move doesn't always mean handheld fidgets. Movement breaks are also important!

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