Sensitivity to sensory stimuli

Examples of strategies or provision that could be used to support.

Identified provision and/or need

  • Provide sensory breaks and snacks.
  • Be aware of the significance of sensory processing needs on eating. This can include colour, texture, taste, meal size, mixing of food.
  • Be aware of sensory needs and be flexible with the uniform policy when necessary.
  • explore this further with parent carers and be flexible with routine.
  • Consider the environment e.g. noise, room temperature, visual stimuli, proximity. Use of an audit tool would be helpful.
  • Have a flexible approach to transitions within the day or session.
  • Provide access to a haven / low arousal space, if needed.
  • Develop a One Page profile with the family to support the child’s sensory needs.
  • Consider staff knowledge of sensory issues and access further training.