5 Quick & Easy Sensory Breaks for Any Classroom

We have all heard that "Sensory Breaks" are needed to help to keep everyone alert, attentive and ready to learn. But the challenge is how to incorporate these into the day without losing a great deal of time to do the task and then to re-focus again. Here are 5 Sensory Diet Tasks that are quick and easy to implement without students leaving their desks. .

 1. Chair Push-Ups: Use deep muscle work of the arms to try and lift your "tush" off the chair by pushing down on the chair seat. Do 10 or more until muscle fatigue.
2. Desk Push-Ups: Place hands flat on the desk and try to lift feet off the ground. Do 10 or more until muscle  fatigue.

3. Hand/Arm Pushes: Place palms together and push "like your squishing a bug". Do 10 or more.

4. Desk Hokey Pokey: "Put your right arm up; left arm down and shake it all around"; "Put your left foot up and shake it all around"; etc

5. Puddle Jumping: Initially students may need a piece of paper on the floor as the puddle. Place both hands on the desk and both feet on the same side of the puddle. On the count of 3, jump to the other side of the puddle keeping both feet together and hands on the desk at all times. Repeat, getting faster and faster.

Other easy to implement sensory regulation activities for ANY classroom (not just special needs) can be found in "The Wiggle Whomper Kit". All activities include the research that prove they are successful with children. Activities and materials in one convenient kit.

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March Madness Basketball Fun

It's March and the heght of basketball season.  Why not incorporate basketball into our treatment sessions?  Here are some fun adaptations to games and other activities you can do this month!

Play Horse: You have to spell the word before you can move on.  To play-  pick a word and stand near the basketball net.  You have to shoot once and make a basket to get the first letter of that word.  Then move to a new location and now you have to toss two baskets for the second letter and so on until you have shot a basket for every letter in each word.  You can't move to the next spot until you shot for the letter.  

Bounce Pass: Practice passing to peers using a marker on the floor. Can your child hit the marker on the floor before bouncing the ball to a friend. If you don't have a partner, you can always have your child use the wall, throw, bounce on floor, hit the wall and try to catch on the return. 

Don't Need a Hoop: You don't have to have a hoop to play basketball, you can use hula hoops or pool noodles, these larger hoops will make scoring a basket a littel easier.  You can either tape it to the wall and have a hoop similiar to your basketball hoop.  Or hang a hula hoop from the basketball net, hook or you can use your swing hook to hold your hoop.  

Mania Relay Game: Each child will have their own basketball at the start.  They have to remain within the designated area and dribble their ball with one hand, now have another student pass a ball to their other hand.  Now they're dribbling 2 basketballs, one in each hand.  How long can you keep it going?                                                               Can they dribble both back to start line? 

Basketball Obstacle:  How far can your child dribble a ball while working their way through an obstacle course.  Can they walk on the balance beam, step over some bricks, and turn around all while dribbling? 


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