Professional Support Series for Districts

Guidance on Special Education

Supporting Parents-Caregivers of Students with High Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sensory Activities and Supports

During this recorded session, we will provide families and educators with overview of the information and resources included in the Sensory Activities and Supports section of the Supporting Parents/Caregivers of Students with High Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic resource guide. Even though we are observing physical distancing, we remain sensory beings, living in a sensory world. A place with sounds, smells, tastes, and sights. Our response to sensory experiences are unique to us. During this session, we will describe a simplified sensory processing model to think about the different patterns that we may fall under as we take in, interpret, and use sensory information (i.e., seekers, bystanders, sensors, and avoiders). Additionally, we will review some tips and suggestions as you begin to explore sensory activities and supports that match your child's sensory processing patterns, as well as provide additional resources to help families in uncovering sensory strategies that promote healthy regulatory development.

Presenters: Alycia M. Trakas, Education Consultant, CSDE; Jennifer Lussier, Family Engagement Coordinator, CPAC; Joyce E. Rioux, Assistant Director of Therapies - Integrated Program Models, CREC