This is a glimpse of the sensory area in the classroom~~the blue fabric limits bright overhead lights, visual distractions, and creates a calming mood. There are soft mats on the floor and beanbags for positioning.
There are loads of ways to provide sources of visual stimulation! Here we have some very inexpensive metallic design folders and curly ribbons in multiple colors. Wrapping paper is another option and is available in so many designs! The "disco light" spins slowly and lights up when the red switch is lightly touched. The kiddos love this!
And check out this REuse-REcycle idea! Colorful strands of beads link together old CD's that hang from the ceiling for visual stimulation of another sort. It only costs a couple of dollars and is so simple!
For kiddos in wheelchairs, this offers frame is built from PVC pipes and there are toys clipped to stretchy bands. This has consistently been a favorite with students who enjoy looking at the brightly colored toys and batting at them with their hands.
The thing I love most about this classroom is that so many of the ideas are very inexpensive! They are simple to put together and offer a variety of sensory experiences for our kiddos.
Jen Dermody, OTR/L