Posted on 11/11/2013 at 07:33 AM by Global Reach
Have you watched children in your class interact with the environment and play with materials? Do you see the “Sensory Avoider”, the “Sensory Seeker”, the “Sensory Under-Responder”? In 2 books, Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses (Winnie Dunn) and Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers (Christy Isbell and Rebecca Isbell), there is information about how these children appear in classrooms. Sensory Avoiders are children/people who try to get away from objects or activities that upset them or frighten them. They stay away from things, such as swing, because cannot cope with the action. Sensory Seekers crave extra stimulation, wanting to touch/handle things, and can appear to crave movement as well. Sensory Under-Responders do not seem to notice when they get touched or injured, etc. These books are good sources of strategies for providing for each of these types of children in your program.