How can I build a sensory space in my classroom?

OT Susanne Williams worked to guide teachers in Golden Hills School Division on how to meet the sensory needs of students in their classroom.

The following is a snapshot of what she presented to teachers in our district.  Did you know that we have 8 sensory systems?

Some ideas for designing your own sensory space:

  • Corner of the classroom where the lights are dimmed or a quiet area
  • Know your students triggers or amount of sensory input they may require (see below)
  • Try to support the child so that they can build awareness of what they should choose in order to regulate themselves

Bins in the sensory space could include:

  • Fidget tools, sensory bags, sensory bottles, beads, fabric, slime, stress balls, fine motor activities, puzzles
  • Wiggle seat, wobble rockers/stools, soft seating
  • Weighted blanket or lap pad or hard cover books
  • Visuals for regulation (grade level appropriate)
  • Noise canceling headphones

Resource credits: Susanne Williams Down Syndrome Resource Foundation (sensory systems graphic)

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