Sensory tool ideas for primary school

Sensory tool ideas for primary school

Have you ever found yourself in a meeting or group discussion, fidgeting with your pen, your hair, or your jewelry.


We all have sensory interests and sensory needs, because we're all human with a sensory cortex area of our brain.


Fidget tools are great for helping children to self-regulate and maintain their focus.

However, not all fidget tools work for every child.


Sensory tool ideas for primary school

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    Some of us need more sensory input to self-regulation our body and emotions, and/or to maintain our focus and attention on a task (I often hold a warm coffee cup and stretch my toes).

    The key to choosing the right sensory tool is looking at the individual child's 8 senses in more detail, including:

    • Tactile (touch)
    • Auditory (sound)
    • Visual (sight)
    • Olfactory (smell)
    • Gustatory (taste)
    • Proprioception (pressure inside our joints and body)
    • Vestibular (movement of our head)
    • Interoception (changes in temperature, pressure, etc. inside our body)


    This sensory integration video below explains the senses in more detail.


    For more information about the senses and self-regulation enjoy this training document.

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