What is SPD?
Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.
- The sensory system is made up to seven systems
The sensory system needs to be regulated to keep our system in balance and working efficiently together.
Recognising a pupil with sensory processing disorder
When the senses are not working efficiently together dependent on the individual needs the pupil may have a low or high arousal need.
- Pupils with a high arousal needs
- Pupils with a low arousal needs:
- How to help a pupil with sensory processing disorder
- Use visual timetables
- Reduce the number of tasks expected
- Provide fidget and chewing tools.
- Place exercise bands on the bottom of chairs to keep feet busy and close to the floor.
- Maintain a quiet class environment and consider noise cancelling headphones if necessary.
- Coloured overlays on bright white paper.
- Try to keep the classroom as a free as possible from visual distractors.
- Be flexible and try to foresee meltdowns, usually when a difficult task i.e. handwriting is required. Differentiate the task and have support from LSA if possible.
- Allow for frequent movement breaks.
- Use visuals along with auditory instruction.
- Maintain a predictable routine. Make sure to let them know if any change is to happen.
How auditory-actions can support the school
- Observation followed by individual session.
- Programme devised to take into account pupil’s difficulties together with suggested strategies
- Follow up advice
Websites for additional information:
A few of the suppliers of toys/equipment for children with SPD: