Many teachers and parents often question whether or not students’ behaviors are influenced by anxiety or sensory issues. I feel that there is a thin line when determining one or the other, as they are often so closely intertwined it I hard to truly identify. Students with ADD/ADHD, ASD, and SPDs come to mind when discussing this topic. I teach in an inclusive setting and work with many students who are identified with ADD and ADHD. It is almost a constant dilemma every year trying to find out what works and what doesn’t-especially when what worked last year doesn’t work this year!
In order to help with sensory or anxiety issues you must understand that punishment and rewards do not work as motivators. This only triggers more stress on the already stressed and over stimulated child. L
It is best to create a schedule for the student that incorporates a sensory diet. In my classroom I have utilized various techniques to help students with anxiety/sensory issues.
The following is just a few of those techniques:
Mini Trampoline **(Honestly, I get the most use out of this one!)
Various Fidgets (squishy balls, bouncy balls, rubber balls)
Those glittery bottles (I’m sure you’ve seen them on Pinterst..lol)
There are many techniques that you may or may not work for each student, the important thing to remember is to teach them to understand their body so they can begin to self regulate independently. Even in the primary grades it is important. Self regulation is a skill students must learn to be a successful community member and functioning adult.
For more ideas on fidgets check out Snagglebox.com for a free download. J You won’t want to pass this up!