The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn

The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn

>>Cheryl: Research shows that if
the student’s in the right mindset and they get their sensory needs met, they’re going to be much
better learners.>>Heather: Hands to your heart space. Take a deep breath in. [ inhale, exhale ]>>Cheryl: The sensory room is probably
my most important piece of the day. Students go to the sensory room
in order to calm their bodies and get all the emotions out and
stabilize themselves, so they’re ready to learn and they’re happy.>>Heather: When we designed
the sensory room, we actually took the entire room apart. We carpeted the floor so that we
could absorb some of the sound. We put the shades on the ceiling to
change the light, so when they walk in that room, they feel the change.>>Cheryl: My class specifically, we utilize the room once a
day for a thirty minute break.>>Heather: First thing that
they do is go on the ball and they bounce to a metronome.>>Clap.>>It’s really a way to
ground them into the space and give them some sensory input, before
we have them go out into the room.>>Cheryl: We’re going to
do our rotation now, okay?>>So there’s different
stations in the sensory room, and some of my students
love specific stations. One in particular loves the
punching bags and the ropes. He’s able to get all that anger and
frustration out, so that calms him down. Whereas another student, I know
he needs calming movements, so he’s on the swing
going back and forth.>>Heather: Another area in
the room is the crash pad. You will see students that have sensory
issues bump into walls, bang their head. So what we’ve created is a
safe space to crash into. And then there’s the light wall. You could use your hands,
you could use your feet. There’s different games that
are programmed on there.>>Teacher: Yes, good girl.>>Heather: We also work on
balance and coordination. The walking path works on all of those,
and they have to right themselves, correct their body in space. We have ten pound slam balls. Some students just need to come in,
pick something heavy up and throw it. That’s the essence of a sensory room. You’re putting materials in
there that are appropriate, so a student’s not throwing a chair. And at the end when they
finish with their stations, they lay on the floor
and they’re squished. So everything that we do in there is
predictable, there’s a set sequence.>>Cheryl: We’re all done
with sensory room. We’re going to walk back to our class.>>So after the sensory room,
they’re able to focus more. They’re quieter and their hands
are to themselves, and they’re able to listen to my directions. We’re here, we came from the
sensory room, we’re ready to learn.>>How does the sensory
room make you feel?>>Student: Happy.

60 thoughts on “The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn

  1. As an Aspie I think it's a great idea, but hasn't the whole 'hitting things to get your anger out' been mostly debunked?

  2. Public libraries need these rooms. Museums need these rooms. Hospitals need these rooms. Airports need these rooms. Hotels need these rooms. Highway rest stops need these rooms. Thanks, Edutopia.

  3. Love this! Could anyone involved in creating the room at this school comment on where some of the main items were purchased from?

  4. Fantastic thank you for sharing, I work with young people in a Special School in Kent England. We have a sensory room up and running but watching you video I know we could add more elements for the students.

  5. I wished they had a room like that in public school it probably would’ve helped me so much. I could also see a room like that benefiting people with anger issues or ADHD or anxiety

  6. My school has something like this and they have something for everyone with autism (my activity is a cloth swing)

  7. This is wonderful so refreshing as an autistic person myself to see this encouraging how autistic people can be helped not this trending videos that pop up saying that us autistic people need to be cured cos we don't. God bless you people who made this. We should have more videos like this!!!

  8. This is great. I was wondering if you could talk about ways for educators to help students with autism get “unstuck” with en emotion or thoughts. This is my biggest challenge. Thank you

  9. Went to brain balance and they wanted almost 6000.00 for 3 classes per week. I got her evaluated and i get results next wednesday. Im about ready to call them up and aee if i can get results sooner . My first grader is having outbursts in class and her teacher doesnt understand. I cant eat or sleep or think straight because im so worried and feel so bad for my little girl

  10. I'm proud to be a teacher in CT. These rooms are in many of our schools and really do work. Some of these sensory motivators can be found in mainstream classrooms. Works for many different types of students.

  11. They should have these in every preschool, elementary, middle and high school (with limits on how long they can go for, of course.) It should be open to everyone, not just those in special ed. This is an amazing way to teach them how to get their aggression out. Every workplace should have at least a punching bag. Heck, every household should have one. So many times I see things in special ed and think "if only this was available to ALL students!"

  12. This is Genius! I love this. I have a daughter who has autism and she would benefit from a room like this. I have another daughter who doesn't have autism but does have sensory processing disorder and she would benefit from this also. I hope that some day I can make a room like this in my house. It's so amazing.

  13. I have found that movement breaks for kids are so important and it is great to see them becoming more common in schools. From a sensory point of view, I have found these books really helpful also.

    1. The out of sync child.
    2. Building bridges through S.I
    3. Your essential guide to understanding sensory processing disorder.


  14. This might be the answer for our K-3 school. We have more out of control students than ever! This would be a great preventative!!

  15. I am so happy that I came across this video. I possibly have autism, and I think a sensory room might be a good idea for me. I just have to find a way to make one in my apartment.

  16. Wow! This is amazing! I have the same idea for what our resource room would look like and this just showed that it can be possible. Thank you!

  17. Such great ideas- and what an amazing space! The one at my child's school was always getting funding but somehow they didn't have money for a proper door…? :/ Also they were an autism-only class but didn't consistently utilize the room at all ("at least a few times/week")!! I LOVE that this sensory room is used daily, and seems to go along with the importance of having a regular schedule. Understanding these children are human beings too with feelings and ::special needs:: not robots! <3

  18. Well I have Aspergers and this room wouldn’t help me at all it’s doing even in the video is winding me up and making me angry

  19. I've got like 5 symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (6 as a kid) and the room in my school is more or less the same but smaller and the teachers don't really like set up some kind of programme in there, we just do our own thing in there cause we're old enough to work with what's in there ourselves.

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