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Early years: Physical sensitivity including hyper and hypo responses and possible Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Strategies and approaches:

  • Consult with parent carers to identify potential trigger times and activities.
  • Consider conducting a sensory audit of the environment.
  • Share strategies and advice with all members of staff to support the children’s sensory diet.
  • Consider referral to the Occupational Therapy Service.
  • Access staff training (such as sensory integration), if needed.
  • Work together with other professionals to share strategies and advice to support the children’s sensory diet.
  • Identify activities which help the children to regulate. Use these at appropriate times of day to promote access to learning.
  • Consider the impact of break times, dinner time and transitions. Work with the children to develop strategies which help them feel ready to learn.
  • Consider using sensory reduction planning.
  • Consider using individual workstations.
  • Build resilience using timers.

Last updated 2 November 2021

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