Students with ASD can sometimes struggle with their sensory input. That said, many students can benefit from a sensory break – not just those with sensory processing disorder.

Sensory breaks can be a good way for a student to regulate the amount of sensory input they are getting – either too much, or too little. I love how the video above also illustrates how we all have differing sensory preferences – we may have high tolerances with some senses and low tolerances with others. With this in mind, sensory breaks are not a one-size-fits-all experience.

Here are some things you may want to try:

  • Squishing play dough or silly putty
  • A gross motor circuit in the hallway (some companies make sensory paths specifically to facilitate these, or you can make your own)
  • Headphones – either noise cancelling for those that want quiet, or with music for those that like noise
  • Weighted vests or blankets
  • Carrying heavy objects from one location to another
  • Jumping on a mini trampoline
  • Using a chair that encourages movement like an exercise ball, Hokki stool, or rocking chair
  • Breathing techniques such as “Bee breaths
  • Turning out the lights and using a “star projector” (the ones made to project images on houses at Christmas time work great, too)
  • A dance party
  • Massage roller for under your feet
  • Fidget tools

And many more. Add your ideas to the comment section below.

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