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Early years: sensitivity to sensory stimuli as a result of communication needs

  • Provide sensory breaks if required, to reduce the potential pressure from the social load.
  • Be aware of sensory needs, explore this further with parents and be flexible with routine
  • Consider the environment e.g. noise, room temperature, visual stimuli, proximity. Use of an audit tool would be helpful.
  • Have a flexible approach to transition times within the day or session
  • Provide access to a haven / low arousal space if needed
  • Develop a one page profile with the family to support the child’s sensory needs sensory profile for the individual children
  • Consider staff knowledge to sensory issues and access further training


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Last updated 17 November 2020

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