Stimulating the Senses

(Supplementary to Chapter 4, Body and Soul, in Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Mainstream Classroom: How to Reach and Teach Students With ASDs)


More Strategies for Stimulating the Senses

→Bring on the Beat: Offer instrumental music played aloud or on headphones during work periods.

→High Lines: Provide primer paper with raised lines.

→Screen Time: Use computer time as a motivator for students who crave the visual input.

→Chew on This: Allow students to chew gum or suck on candies or cough drops, with the consent of parents or guardians and/or school administration.

→Sensory Rewards: Offer behavioral reinforcements that do double-duty by providing stimulation, such as scratch-n-sniff stickers or wind-up toys.

→The Write Stuff: Offer the choice of magic markers, twisty crayons, colored pencils, or other writing implements depending on personal sensitivities and needs.

→Sitting Around: Consider allowing all students alternate seating arrangements, such as standing, leaning, sitting in a rocking chair, or using a beanbag chair—even if students on the spectrum prefer to be under the beanbag chair instead of on top of it.

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