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Calming Spaces

Improve Concentration & Focus: create a sensory calming space in your home and classroom

It's a challenge for many students to focus in an overwhelming and busy learning environment.

It's an even bigger challenge if the child's body processes sensory information inefficiently and they can't filter out background sounds or focus visually.

If their body cannot filter out irrelevant stimuli, a sensory "traffic jam" won't allow them to participate and be productive in various settings.

Did you know that 1 in 10 children have a severe problem with "filtering out" sensory input such as they hear noises in the background as loud as the teacher's voice, they see fluorescent lights flickering like a strobe light, they are constantly bothered by visual movement in the periphery of their vision. They can't help this!

Their Central Nervous System is not mature enough to filter out this "extra" information and so their attention is constantly called to "pay attention to this input" which is often in the peripheral world and they have severe difficulty focusing in central or mid-line. 

You can minimize sensory overload with the Concentration Stations or Relaxation Stations in the home and classroom.

It is important to have an Occupational Therapy evaluation to determine what is calming for your child. What may be calming for one child, may stimulate another.

This can be simple as the following:

~Vibration mat (under $30 at Walmart) with a weighted blanket

~Tent with weighted blanket and calming fidget toys

~Rocking chair or hammock swing

~mini trampoline 

~therapy ball 

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