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Sensory Integration Ideas for the Classroom

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This very practical book is laid out in an easy to use manner, and is very accessible to anyone, even those new to Ayres’ Sensory Integration (AS)). There is enough science to convince someone new to ASI that it is a theory and approach based in science, but it is not overwhelming.

The focus on the environment, written in a common-sense no-nonsence way includes lots of practical ideas. This book is a great place to start when trying to create just right sensory spaces to support different kind of learning for young people. It supports therapist and teachers to consider how to do this, catering for different sensory needs.


Not only a good book for therapists who deliver in school services, consultancy or training, it also provides a great introduction to sensory strategies to parents and teachers. A great book for the SENCo’s office too.Why not share this book with the teachers you support?

A great handout from AOTA is about Providing Occupational Therapy Using Sensory Integration Theory and Methods in School-Based Practice. 

Another great article explores the Effects of Sensory Integration Intervention on Self-Stimulating and Self-Injurious Behaviors. The study from 2005 by Smith et al was published in Am J Occup Ther 2005;59(4):418-425. doi: 10.5014/ajot.59.4.418 is particularly relevant to those working with children and young people who have behaviours that challenge.

A lovely article from AJOT December 2017 explores and presents Specific Sensory Techniques and Sensory Environmental Modifications for Children and Youth With Sensory Integration Difficulties: A Systematic Review.





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