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Sensory Stimulation


Incorporating multiple senses with strategies like chewing gum, using a vibrating pen, and sitting on a ball chair supports focus and Attention. This kind of stimulation also helps meet the needs of learners who seek additional sensory input to better support their learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this school has integrated fidgets and other tactile supports into their classrooms to support student Attention and Sensory Integration. By turning their classrooms into super-sensory spaces that allow students to use fidgets during lessons and testing, students' sensory needs are being met as they develop their Inhibition & Self-Regulation skills.

  • Allowing students with sensation-seeking behaviors to use hand fidgets, like a squishy ball or putty, provides the necessary stimulation they need to focus their Attention on learning. Teachers can keep a basket of fidgets with different textures that students can choose to use, supporting the development of Inhibition & Self-regulation skills as students identify and support their own Sensory Integration needs.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how Skoog allows learners to create music through a tactile cube. By providing immediate sensory input and physical stimulation, this product promotes further exploration as learners receive acoustic feedback with each touch.

  • Products can provide varying textures and shapes of touchpads, digital pens, keyboards, etc. for different sensory experiences to support sensory needs.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy