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Understanding Sensory Needs in the Classroom - 29 April 2022

Sensory processing difficulties are very real, though often hidden or confusing. As a teacher, teacher aide, RTLB, OT or counsellor, if you feel like typical strategies are not enough, or feel there is a bit more to the concerns you are seeing at school, this day will help you to explore those concerns further and respond to sensory needs in an appropriate and meaningful way.

Many behaviours of concern have a foundation in emotional regulation difficulties, which require effective strategies to manage this, starting in the registration and regulation of the sensory system.

Emotional regulation and sensory meltdowns - when the body becomes so overwhelmed by sensory and social-emotional input it responds with an autonomic fight, flight or freeze response.

Anger that seems to go from 0-10 in a second!

Sensory sensitivities such as sensitivity to noise or sensitivity to the touch of others which can be amplified by modern learning environments, typical everyday activities such as birthday parties, family trips out, swimming or sports days.

ADHD or Sensory? Hyper-activity can be a sensory seeking behaviour, or attentional difficulty- learn classroom-friendly and family-friendly strategies to manage both.

Less sensory-rich childhood experiences such as climbing trees and exploring risky play, are resulting in more accidents in schools or fear of everyday play equipment, and less resilience to everyday playground challenges.


This practical online training is delivered by Elen Nathan, Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Practitioner from The Playful Place, who has specialised in neurodiversity, autism, sensory processing disorders, dyspraxia, and communication-of-need behaviours.

Elen has practical knowledge of the classroom environment as well as being a Mum to 2 wonderful boys with 2 very different sensory systems, bringing an understanding of the everyday life of a busy working family with school aged children. Strategies are classroom and family friendly, with evidence-based theory that aligns to the New Zealand context being explored across the day.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is suitable for Teachers, Teacher Aides, RTLB's, Speech and Language Therapists, SENCOs, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Counsellors.

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