Each morning, we have a sensory circuit set up in our studio for children whose needs can make it harder for them to settle into the school day. A sensory circuit is an active and engaging circuit exercise designed to stimulate students’ bodies and minds so that they’re ready for a productive day at school.
Sensory circuits are great for children with sensory processing disorders, ADHD, and autism – as it gives them the stimulation they’re seeking and helps regulate their sensory system, so it’s ready to focus.
The first stage of the sensory circuit is the alerting stage. This section aims to help students release any pent up anxiety and energy, so they’re in a better position to settle into a classroom environment.
Alerting activities are designed to stimulate proprioceptive, vestibular (balance) and motor skills by getting the body active, such as bouncing on a trampette or jumping over obstacles.
After alerting, they move on to organising – where students are challenged to channel their energy into an activity that requires skill and focus. Organising activities should stimulate students motor, vestibular, sensory and timing skills so they feel more connected to their body and how it moves, such as throwing beanbags into a bucket or weaving in and out of poles.
The final calming section is designed to re-capture students energy and help them feel more centred in themselves, so they’re ready to learn. Calming activities should stimulate students proprioceptive, deep pressure and tactile senses, such as massage with a gym ball or lying under a weighted blanket.