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The rising tide of sensory troubles: An overview (part 1)

In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face, the resulting behaviours we may see in schools, and how teachers should handle these problems

More and more children are being identified as having sensory needs, or difficulties processing sensory information. Some children express their difficulties with the sensory world through their behaviour. Others experience sensory difficulties as barriers to accessing learning.

This is the first article in a series of three. In this article I will look at how the rise in sensory needs might be affecting your classroom/school. In my second article we will examine how the senses can play a role in some of the big explosive behaviour we may encounter from time to time in our settings. In the final article, I will look at how difficulties with the sensory world can not only result in low level niggly behaviour but also put up barriers that need overcoming for learning to take place.

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