Crowdyshill school has two sensory rooms, once based in the Primary building and the other in the Secondary building. All staff are trained on how to use the equipment in these rooms and plan specific activities based on individual EHCP targets. Sensory rooms are also used to help the children and young people self-regulate with support from an adult.
We have a large amount of equipment in school from dark dens to gym balls, light boxes to weighted items, and ear defenders to wobble cushions. Our Occupational Therapists advise staff on equipment to use for individual children and then train staff on how to use it. Items such as ear defenders and wobble cushions are readily available in classrooms for pupils to access if they feel they need them.
Across the school we use the Zones of Regulation. Pupils are taught how to recognise feelings and emotions in themselves using this. Alongside this the staff work with the pupils to teach them strategies to help them move between the zones to help them calm or become more alert. Strategies include wall pushes, yoga and breathing exercises.
Across the school sensory and movements breaks are planned by teachers for whole classes and individuals to give pupils opportunities to self-regulate across the school day. In Primary staff plan weekly sensory activities based on individuals needs and occupational therapist advise. This includes activities based on oral sensory seeking behaviours such as food tasting, making different movements and sounds with the mouth, and activities involving blowing. Other activities include sensory play where pupils are encouraged to explore a variety of different textures from custard, to rice, to flour. In Secondary, Year 7 and 8 pupils take part in SPARKS motor skill activities, which includes sensory activities. This continues in other years for pupils that need them.