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The rising tide of sensory troubles: Explosive behaviours

Behaviour Inclusion
In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face. In part two, she considers explosive sensory behaviours – and how not to react

Our senses are our primary source of information about the world, nothing trumps the authority of the information we get from them. Even if our thinking brain tells us that something is not real, our senses take the upper hand.

This is the second in a series of three sensory articles and in article one I evaluated the reality of sensory processing difficulties for our students. Suffice to say that for a variety of reasons we now have within our schools and classrooms children who process sensory information in a way that is different to the norm.

Recently I experienced a perfect example of the trumping of sensory experiences over cognition for myself.

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