What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

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 Vision

  • Touch Hearing
  • Smell
  • Taste

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.

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