One of the ways your Resource Consultant can support your program, is by providing adaptive equipment to support inclusion. Fidget tools are commonly used items to support children during transitions, group time or times of waiting. Transitions are hard for all children and can be especially challenging for children who may have trouble staying still, have a limited ability to wait, or difficulties changing from one activity to another. They may also have challenges processing sensory input and require tools to support self-regulation.
During Covid, programs may wish to include more sensory toys that can be cleaned as opposed to sensory bins and messy play. Toys with sensory elements can support children with self-regulation. Think of appealing to all the senses not just touch… sound, sight and smell may also be considered.
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To limit the waste from single use sensory experiences, incorporate sensory play with objects found in nature without cost, such as leaves and pinecones. You can also consider recycled materials such as shredded paper as sensory bin filler.
One of the ways your Resource Consultant can support your program is by providing adaptive equipment to support inclusion. Visual timers are commonly used supports for transitions and play activities. Transitions can be challenging for children when they need to leave a preferred activity or engage in a less preferred task. During play activities children may have challenges sharing toys with peers or waiting for a turn.