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The classroom environment can be overwhelming for children with special educational needs. They may find the lights are too bright, the electronic board makes a distracting ticking noise, other children are whispering and giggling, there’s construction work happening outside, they may be unable to read the board, they might feel uncomfortable in their chair; the difficulties which may present in the class are endless. This webinar will introduce practical strategies which can be implemented in all classrooms to create an environment which is more conducive to regulation and therefore more conducive to learning. SNAs will be provided with strategies to help create a calmer learning environment through:
- Use of simple visuals
- Sensory strategies such as calming music and dimming the lights
- Reducing external stimuli which may be distracting
- Creating a calm/quiet corner
- Use of a sensory toolbox
- Implementing mindfulness techniques within the classroom
Increasing access to movement, sensory and play breaks.
Bio of Presenter: Martha Ní Fhlatharta
Martha is an Irish school-based Occupational Therapist, working specifically in a specialist school in the UK for children with Developmental Language Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder and accompanying sensory processing, motor skill, visual perceptual and executive functioning needs. Her role mainly focuses on increasing independence in activities of daily living, using sensory strategies, adaptive equipment and assistive technology to support student participation within the classroom, home environment and within the community.