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Interoceptive Input and Sensory Processing Disorder

This issue is beyond my expertise and experience, but I include it to show how our growing understanding of the science and neuroscience of life and learning has the ability … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Autism and Insight

September 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

DIY Ways to Meet a Child’s Sensory Needs at Home | Edutopia

Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home. The coronavirus pandemic has upended all students’ day-to-day routines, … Continue reading

April 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

A Template for Neurodiversity

Professor Amanda Kirby again makes the complex understandable in her chart of the common neuro-diverse conditions and how they impinge on each other. I consider reflection on this chart would … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Homework… What is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

The issue of homework has been a thorn in my side since I started teaching. The standard thinking is that it develops independent learning skills, extends the work  of the … Continue reading

February 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Tomatis: Linking Sound Processing and Learning

I have become very interested in the work of Charlotte Davies in the field of Tomatis research. It is only in the last year that this significant aspect of learning … Continue reading

January 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Children with Sensory Disorders – The Signs Are There If We Look Closely

Children with sensory disorders exhibit consistent patterns of behaviours. As teachers we may not observe the pattern or join the dots of the behaviour into a pattern. Thanks again to … Continue reading

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Calm the Chaos: Beneath the Surface of Misbehaviour

Reproduced with the kind permission of: Calm the Chaos Workshop.com It has been noted elsewhere that in their absence of choice and compliance culture, the use of uniform and uniformity, … Continue reading

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity in the workplace | ACAS

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that many people may not yet know much about. However, learning more about neurodiversity and taking steps to better support it in workplaces can … Continue reading

August 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Neurodiversity: Exploring Some Realities

I can thoroughly commend the work of Professor Amanda Kirby in developing the term ‘neurodiversity’ to characterise the wide range of conditions previously held under the ‘autism spectrum disorders’. It … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dyslexia: A Positive Insight

It is so refreshing to see a positive take on issues related to dyslexia. For all the difficulties in handling social situations, and managing number and literacy, there are insights … Continue reading

July 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

How the exam system sets up neuro-diverse students to fail

This is a really important piece by Jules Daulby regarding the double jeopardy that students with learning and behavioural issues, which she encompasses in the term neuro-diverse students, face in … Continue reading

March 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dysgraphia: An Insight

Many years ago a friend and colleague, David Close, gave a stunning presentation on dysgraphia which centred on a group of students who many staff undervalued, and a large box … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sensory Support in Your Classroom

I was initially sceptical, much to my shame, about the difference that sensory support could have in the classroom. The turning point for me was when a colleague suggested I … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Potential Signs of a Sensory Processing Disorder in Learners

This goes under the heading  of looking for patterns in behaviours…

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sensory Integration Disorder – Signs & Symptoms – Melissa Idelson | YouTube

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sensory Processing Disorder – A Primer

A useful infographic, shared by Daniel Sobel, on the significant subject of sensory processing disorder. It comes from a presentation by Dr Danielle Eadens at Northern Arizona University. What manifests itself … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

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