When it comes to using sensory aids in school, each school seems to have a different policy. However, when it comes to wearing glasses, hearing aids or using coloured overlays there doesn’t seem to be such a problem.
Wait a minute!!
Glasses, Hearing Aids and Coloured Overlays are all sensory aids. So why will my school not allow sensory aids & what can I do about it?
We have the answers!
The reasonable adjustments duty is owed to disabled pupils, as defined in the Equality Act 2010. The Act says that a pupil has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Physical or mental impairment includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing.
If a child has a visual impairment reasonable adjustments, aids and adaptations are put into place to enable the student to access their learning. Some of the things that might happen for children with visual impairments are:
Just like children with visual impairments, children with a hearing impairments are also given reasonable adjustments, aids and adaptations to enable students to access their learning. Some of the things that might happen for children with hearing impairments are:
Reasonable adjustments, aids and adaptations are easy ways to enable children to access learning without them being at a disadvantage to other students.
Children who struggle with their sensory systems need to be able to regulate themselves by using sensory aids or taking sensory breaks. If a child is craving pressure or chewing they need more proprioceptive input. Redirecting them to a suitable sensory aid like a Chewigem can help them get the input they need and enable them to access their learning. If a child can’t sit still then sensory breaks are a great way to get them moving and regulating their vestibular system. Fidget toys and Balance Cushion are also really good tools for this … especially at carpet time!
This is what they think:
What Sensory Aids can actually do:
Here at Chewigem, we are happy to speak to schools and teachers, so please feel free to put them in touch with us via Facebook Messenger, Email or Telephone.
We also have this handy downloadable that can be printed off and taken into schools.
Sensory aids are very important to enable children with sensory difficulties to access their education.
They wouldn’t stop a child from using their glasses …
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