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Sensory Integration

It is always tricky to get a student to a just right place when doing a teacher directed/focused activity.  I love brainstorming sensory calming activities and strength building to help aid is legible handwriting techniques.

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Sensory blanket

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Comment by Tara Looney on October 21, 2013 at 7:04am

Hello everyone! I'm a newbie to this community. As a reading specialist I get to work with a lot of children with sensory needs. Most importantly I'm a momma to a creative 6 year old who has developmental delays in speech and language and has several sensory disorders. I look forward to sharing and learning from this group!

Comment by joannedegiacomopetrie on September 3, 2012 at 8:41pm


Please check out the "How does your Engine Run" - Alert program.  I took the workshop 2 years ago.  It was amazing!  Additionally, Dr. Ayer's books are a wonderful resource.  Good Luck this schoolyear!

Comment by melissa on June 16, 2012 at 9:28am

Thanks to all for sharing their experiences with SI.  I am a teacher of 3s and 4s, and I feel we are seeing increasing numbers of children who need support in this area. I want to learn all I can and find new resources for our children and their families.  We have some good private practices that screen for various SI disorder and provide different types of treatment - mainly OT and PT. Our school district, however, doesn't recognize SI yet for screening. I am hopeful reading that some school districts do. Thanks again to all in this forum!!!!

Comment by joannedegiacomopetrie on October 22, 2011 at 7:25am

Meg, I am sorry about your struggles.  You are certainly doing everything for your son.  I do not know of any clothing catalogs you can look into but will try to find some information for you.  A great catalog for materials is Therapro.com where I have my book.  Best of Luck!


Comment by Megan on October 21, 2011 at 9:35pm
Hi, all!  New the this site, and new to the board.  I homeschool my children (4, 3, 2, and a few months), and my three year old son ("Bub") has what is suspected to be a sensory integration disorder.  It was noted when he was about 17 months old, originally, but because it was mostly oral and facial sensory defensiveness, we believed it was a simply sensory defensiveness secondary to nasogastric intubation.  We did therapy through our local early intervention program till he aged out of the program at 3.  By the time he was three, our therapists (occupational and speech) began to suspect that he had more of a sensory integration disorder - he started developing issues with clothing, shoes, hair cuts, foods, sounds, textures, bedding, etc.  
Our official appointment for evaluation is on the 31st of this month (we've waited 10 months for this appointment; the developmentalists here are SO busy!).  Since he's aged out of the EI program and our insurance will not cover any therapy for any reason, we're doing as much as we can with him until we find other resources after this appointment.  I do a lot of reading, web-browsing, researching... finding ways to help him deal with things that are upsetting to him.  
Any resources, suggestions, opinions (especially regarding clothing.. it's getting cold, and he has a very difficult time with any long-sleeved or long-pants items), thoughts, etc. are welcome.  
Great to meet you all!
Comment by Gwen Anderson on October 1, 2011 at 1:57pm

Hi.  I just joined.  I just joined because after a meeting yesterday with my child's preschool, it was suggested he may have sensory integration issues.  I am a fairly new blogger, & just posted about it as well:


I would really appreciate any and all suggestions.  This is all very new to me...

Comment by joannedegiacomopetrie on July 21, 2011 at 8:37pm

Welcome New Members.  I will be writing a new message this weekend.  Does anyone want information regarding a specific topic?

Have a good night!


Comment by joannedegiacomopetrie on July 17, 2011 at 9:12am
OOPS!  I forgot to add this assignment done last Thursday was a couple of minutes apart.  Oh!, the power of sensory integration!
Comment by joannedegiacomopetrie on July 17, 2011 at 9:11am

Good Morning,

I hope this e mail finds you all well.  I am putting the finishing touches on my workbooks for the Spot and Freckles Learn line, and am amazed how many little details there are.  One thing that struck me the most as I was tediously noting every detail, is the need and importance for lines on paper.  I am a firm believer that children should use tripple lined paper until, and only until they know letters can go into 3 categories; smalls, talls, and tails. 

Thursday, I was working with my rising second grader (I have been tutoring him since November).  He finially mastered my line rule, but when he wanted to get our next activity ready he started writing on the part of the paper with no lines. He did not properly end the prior assignment before speeding to what was next.   He had not properly transitioned between activities.  He was clearly unregulated, disorganized, and his "engine" was clearly running too fast!

OK.  I had him stop what he was doing, and  breathe, I reviewed with him the assignment he had just completed, had him touch the paper  with his pointer finger, then had him high five me to indicate completion.  I then them prompted him start the assignment over again; to adjust him mind/body speed, and write between the lines.

Below, you can see the assignment when my student was unregulated and regulated.  It only takes minutes to implement regulatory strategies, this is proof to take the time, see the results, and help children to succeed.  Our world whirls; fast. Help your children to self implement strategies to slow down, breathe and transition to the next activity when they are at a "just right place".  Also remember the importance of noting visual cues the lines in this case!.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Comment by Jessica Jarrett on July 5, 2011 at 9:58pm


I am currently staying home with my two year old son. I previously taught elementary school and worked with special needs children through integration. I know how much sensory integration is for all children and have an interest in learning more about how to in incorporate it into all areas.


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