Sensory Friendly Christmas

Christmas time can be overwhelming for many children, especially those with sensory processing issues.  So what can you do to have a more sensory-friendly holiday? Let’s check out a few tips.

Decorations

Decorations and the change in normal décor can be challenging for some kids to handle. When decorating think about offering a decoration-free zone so that their home can still feel familiar to them. Communicating about how you will keep a particular area free of decorations is a great way to help them feel included.

 Also, consider how flashing lights or bright colors may affect your child. If they are calming to them, then you can even add them to their room or inside the home. If they are distracting or upsetting, think of limiting these decorations to outside the home.

 When adding lights to your house, think about where your child’s bedroom may be in relation to lighted areas. These lights may affect sleeping during the night, so you may choose...

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We Must Stop Taking Away Recess

 

I hear it SO often.

 “He didn’t finish his work, so he had to stay in at recess”

“She couldn’t keep her hands to herself, so she lost recess”

“He kept talking during the lesson, so he sat inside during recess”

I must ask WHY are we still taking away recess when we have countless studies that show how important it is? Why is it used as a punishment at all? Recess is not a privilege; it is the foundation of learning.

Recess is not “free time” it is vital to the development of the brain and social skills.

 

We have so many studies that have shown how recess is connected to increased academic scores, improved social skills, and improved self-regulation. Parents and educators everywhere understand how vital these three skills are for school success. So WHY are we still making this same mistake in classrooms across the country?

 Movement of the body is the foundation for neurological development.

This development...

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