Nearly ‘SCHOOL’s OUT’ for the summer and transition time is getting close

12/07/2016 - Published by

School OutBlogger Pip Else – Paediatric OT

22nd June 2016

 

Are you and your child’s school prepared?!?!

Alternative Seating for Sensory processing difficulties

 

Children’s Therapy solutions recently posted a link on our facebook page. It discussed the endless options for alternative seating within the classroom, which can aid learning and in order for kids to thrive. See link: https://www.facebook.com/childrenstherapysolutions/posts/1094109423993275

So far this link has been reached by 6,141 people,  and I thought it would be great to discuss all the options further. Cassie posted the original article which was aimed at teachers to support children’s seating in classes.

The website can be accessed for more ideas by following this link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Create-abilities

First of all, I would like to highlight how resourceful Cassie has been in creating alternative seating using everyday items. Furthermore, I recently found a fabulous book which would be useful for both parents and teachers. It provides ideas about how to make homemade sensory toys, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Toys-Processing-personalized-processing/dp/1517664284/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466579402&sr=8-1&keywords=super+toys+diy+projects+to+support+sensory+processing

 

The importance of movement

 

The importance of movement to feed our senses has been well documented, and many schools are now realising its potential for learning. I have recently been using two types of seating within the school where I am working. These are:

Hokki stool http://www.kingkraft.co.uk/products/hokki-stool?variant=1191555877

Zuma Rocker http://www.southpaw.co.uk/zuma-rockers-88-c.asp

These have both worked fabulously for the children. They are now increasing their ability to stay on task at circle time, as well as during table top work.

Cassie from Create-Abilities, advises on alternative ways to create a Hokki stool and a Zuma Rocker. For example, class could use a rocking chair to replicate a Zuma Rocker. Here’s a link to a rocking chair on amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F34R7XG/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=569136327&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B004BE8EV8&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=BZZSE5C1CMJEYEP4C62Y

Instead of the Hokki stool, you could use a wobble cushion like the one on this link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stability-Cushion-Diameter-Balance-Included/dp/B007LX6MPG

The Zuma rocker provides linear movement which is calming for our vestibular system. This can help children regulate when over stimulated by a busy classroom environment.

Here is a link to more information about linear movement:

http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/human-balance-system

We hope this helps you in preparation for the new school year. Please keep an eye out, as I am sure we will be posting more transition discussions over the summer holidays.

If you try out any resources or ideas from this page, please let us know your thoughts as we love to share ideas.

COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep you up-to-date with our service provision, which as you can appreciate is changing daily.

For reassurance CTS have set up a ‘Best Practice’ policy to ensure all our Occupational Therapists and Office Staff are working to the highest standard at all times; where ever we are based in the UK.

We are currently NOT seeing families at our designated CTS Clinics conforming to the recent request 23rd March 2020 @ 2030hrs from our government and NHS.

CTS are wanting to reassure you that we are highly committed to you and your child’s OT needs are cared for. We appreciate a lot of our families and service users are vulnerable and many have EHCP’s in place. As a service this requires us to ensure we continue to safeguard and meet the welfare needs of our service users effectively.

We are now providing alternative therapy to continue to support children, families and in some cases parents. We are using your appointment times and making contact via phone calls, conference calls, emails, Zoom and or Skype to support Telehealth Interventions.

Letters are being sent out to all our service users to reassure our commitment.

Please be reassured that all staff are taking every precaution to support our country in preventing the spread of this virus.

Please continue to check this site and our Facebook page for the latest updates. Alternatively call us on: 01664 567917.

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