Sensory. Sensory. Sensory.
This is a word you hear a lot in the adapted special education world and it is being used in other fields as well.
There are children who will do repetitive movements or tasks that satisfies a need they have. It fulfills something inside of them and they are content. There are many ways to allow students to get their sensory needs met. The website given discusses six ways a teacher can give students options within a classroom.
The options are for many types of situations. You may need the student to be quiet or maybe they need larger more intense movements. They may need to be used outside or at their desk.
These sensory technologies are small gadgets that meet a need of a student and can often drive instruction. For example, if a work box is created to put yellow pipe cleaners into a small box, that works on fine motor skills and placing fries in a box.
A bumpy seat may help a student focus to pay attention to the teacher’s instruction. Some other sensory technologies could be the use of a digital device and pressing on the screen. There are limitless options and ideas to incorporate in order to teach children who need more than straight lecture (which I would argue is everyone), but in particularly students with disabilities.