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Sensory Stimulation


Incorporating multiple senses with strategies like chewing gum, using a fidget, 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 a sensory room can provide stimulation for students so they are ready to learn. With a variety of stimulating objects and sensory stations, students receive sensory input or calming movement and, as a result, are able to focus on the content material in class.

  • 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 Self-regulation skills as students identify and support their own sensory integration needs. Teachers can also implement a fidget design challenge, where students can plan, brainstorm, design and create their own sensory object for their math classroom.
  • 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