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sit and spins, play doh, straws for blowing, bubbles, gum, tubes, beanbag chairs,

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Liz 07-02-2010 11:42 PM

Also...different items to smell!

Liz 07-02-2010 11:40 PM

Sunglasses and there are different types I think. (Abilitations might have some) A room divider of some sort could come in handy for students who are very visually sensitive and need a place to be alone for a few moments or just to minimize visual input other than light. One boy I've worked with liked to build a fort with gym mats and hide in it for awhile. This only works if you have the required space.

PPCDTeacher 06-15-2010 03:31 PM

DEFINITELY check out the (I THINK that's the address) that someone else suggested. They have TONS of great stuff in there-- and a lot of it, if you get creative with craft materials, can be made at home. I LOVED having part of my classroom become a sensory room, but never had much money to buy the materials so I made a lot of it. The Abilitations catalogue can give you lots of ideas, and then head to walmart or target and the fabric store and go crazy with making your own things over the summer.

grace slick 06-11-2010 07:16 PM

My students favorite sensory item is an old body pillow case in which they can climb in and cocoon themselvesgo figure

kshaw 06-11-2010 02:13 PM

Thanks so much for the great ideas! Can someone tell me more about the fluorescent light blockers? I did a quick search, but can't find them. Thanks again!

momteachsis 06-11-2010 06:09 AM

The above catalog has over 70 pages of Sensory items.

One thing we were told to use is different textures. The team suggested fabric samples, or carpet remnants of all different textures. Then, have them on the floor for the kids to crawl on, or walk on barefoot.

jcmmomma 06-11-2010 06:07 AM

Shaving cream. Sensory input to practice letters, shapes, etc or to just clean off the desks. And the smell isn't bad either.

asd room 06-11-2010 05:39 AM

small trampoline, swing (ikea has some nice and pretty cheap fabric ones), chewlery, big foam cushions or bodypillows, different fabrics, time timer, fluorescent light blockers, noise canceling earmuffs.... fun project!!!

blueheron 06-11-2010 04:25 AM

Tent, sound excluding ear muffs, Lycro fabric, yoga balls, small objects to hold while listening...

Jess 06-10-2010 05:22 PM

stress ball, silly puddy, ball to bounce on, vibrating cushion, weighted jacket, lap weight, sit and spin, floor scooter...

FLteachESE 06-10-2010 05:09 PM

sit and spins, play doh, straws for blowing, bubbles, gum, tubes, beanbag chairs,

kshaw 06-10-2010 03:43 PM

Please post any ideas / suggestions you may have for a "sensory room" for autistic children. I will be getting some money to buy materials (I don't know how much). I'd love to hear what the experts on PT would suggest. . . TIA

P.S. I already have a sand table with moon sand and rice and a water table with lots of toys for both.

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