If you have read our previous blog posts regarding sensory processing or have accessed our training courses on Sensory Processing and Sensory Provision, you will hopefully understand the importance of sensory circuits. If you are unsure what a sensory circuit is, please see our last blog post What is a Sensory Circuit?
Sensory modulation is the ability to respond to sensory information ‘just right’ – when we are calm yet alert. Children who have sensory modulation difficulties (experiencing frequent over or under reaction to sensory input) are often described as ‘not ready to learn’. You may notice these children in your classroom – they may become distracted by bright lights or busy displays; they may notice smells you do not; or they may cover their ears at the sound of the bell. These are just a fraction of the signs of sensory modulation difficulties, we explore many more in the training course. These children would benefit from partaking in sensory circuits because they will support them in effectively modulating their nervous system, helping them to achieve an optimum level of alertness and helping them to become ‘learning ready’.
The support that sensory circuits provide enables children and young people to effectively process, organise and interpret sensory information from the world around them. Not only this, but because sensory circuits are usually very enjoyable activities for children, they begin to associate this enjoyment and fun with learning.
For more information on sensory circuits and support in developing them for your education setting, please see out latest training course: Sensory Circuits. We also have a training course on Sensory Processing and Sensory Provision. Both of these courses are written and developed by Roz Roscoe, children’s Occupational Therapist.