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Sensory strategies to manage behaviour and support learning

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This one day workshop course will be delivered on campus at the University of Suffolk on:

Friday 16th June 2023. 

This course can also be delivered at your premises for all staff - please email us for pricing details. 

The course introduces children’s behaviour from the perspective of their sensory processing needs. It would be of particular use to those working with or caring for early years foundation stage or key stage 1 and 2 children. 

Challenging behaviour, difficulties with paying attention and learning, motor coordination issues (clumsiness, dyspraxia), problems with emotional regulation and social relationships may sometimes be caused by unmet sensory processing needs. This course explains how the sensory systems work – through self-experiential activities and practical examples. Building on this knowledge, examples of sensory difficulties are discussed which are typical for children with autism, ADHD/ADD or dyspraxia.

Sensory strategies are useful in general in working with children because they promote feeling of safety, provide calmness or if necessary, energise and support focusing on task. Understanding neurodiversity, which sensory needs are part of, is essential in providing inclusive practice and building equitable environments.

Reviews for the workshop have been excellent, with participants highlighting that they particularly valued:

"The practical strategies introduced - very easily applied to practice, took complex ideas and simply explained. Use of personal experience was a good teaching strategy to help make content understood."


"learning more about the "why" people with sensory needs can act the way they do."

Our course leader explains more in this short video


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