Educators are finding an increased difficulty, as children are experiencing a rise in complex behavioral and emotional responses throughout the day. Student attention spans have shortened, resulting in trouble regulating themselves and staying focused.
Sensory Pathways are proving to be a leading solution, helping students to regulate themselves, focus, calm down, and take control of their bodies. The direct benefit of this is that students are more attentive and focused in class. There are many additional benefits, as Sensory Pathways help students to develop motor skills including bal
Sensory Pathways are proving to be a leading solution, helping students to regulate themselves, focus, calm down, and take control of their bodies. The direct benefit of this is that students are more attentive and focused in class. There are many additional benefits, as Sensory Pathways help students to develop motor skills including balance, hand-eye coordination, posture, crossing the midline, building core strength, and spatial awareness and to develop their social emotional learning.
Frequent breaks to engage in movement and physical activity can be especially beneficial to children with ADHD and/or Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensory Pathways give students the opportunity to move in meaningful ways and engage with their peers.
Our Sensory Pathways were created after research on how all children benefit from movement through out their day. The school system mirrors the 9-5 work model that is not always conductive for all children. Adding movement into school routine helps soothe and support their nervous system and builds their social emotional learning. We have met with counselors, occupational therapists, teachers, and principals to determine the highest priorities.
We design all of our own Sensory Pathways so as different needs come up we can continually create new ones.
"The sensory pathways have given our students a chance to spend a few minutes of their school day walking, jumping, and focusing to get through their frustrations. Using the pathways help to give healthy breaks. Sensory pathways have shown to help students develop motor skills, including balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. Outside the counselor’s office is a positive affirmation hopscotch. Daily students use this as a remind of how special they are and get exercise while saying each positive word. Aids and teachers have used the paths as a way for students to get their wiggles out, take a break when feeling frustrated or using the pathways as reinforcement for students to earn. With the positive feedback from students and staff, at Valle Vista our goal is to continue to give our students the opportunity to have sensory options that can continue to support their social emotional growth."