Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with Sensory Integration Disorder safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.
Five Things Teachers Need to Know
1. Sensory Integration Disorder is a relatively new diagnosis, but the theory and therapy have been effective in making my child easier to manage.
2. My child may respond to sounds, sights, or sensations that aren't apparent to others. A little detective work can head off troublesome behavior.
3. It's okay to let my child's classmates know about sensory integration, as long as it's done in an appropriate way; I'd be happy to help prepare a program.
4. Teaching techniques devised for children with sensory integration problems will be helpful for all the children in your classroom.
5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.
Printouts to Share with Teachers
Understanding Sensory Integration Issues
Source: The Arc in Jefferson County, Colorado
Working with the Child Who Has Sensory Integration Disorder
Sensory Integration: Tips to Consider
Source: Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Source: Migrant Head Start
Tips for Teachers
Source: The SPD Network