Sensory Circuits uses sensory-based movement activities that help children and young people to achieve the ‘just right’ level of alertness they need to prepare themelves for the day’s learning. The circuits are based on the theory and principles of Sensory Integration.
The below information is to help schools and parents with setting up Sensory Circuits.
Sensory Circuits use sensory-based movement activities which prepare children and young people for the day’s learning and help them to achieve the ‘just right’ level of alertness they need to concentrate.
They are made up of around 15-20 minutes of activities to help with sensory regulation.
The aim of setting up a sensory circuit is to provide a way for children and young people to regularly receive a controlled sensory input. They can be done with a small group of children at the start of the school day or after lunch break.
You can also adapt the sensory circuit at home depending your space and the equipment you have.
A Sensory Circuit includes three sections: Alerting, Organising and Calming. The idea is to start with Alerting activities then move to the Organising section and finally to the Calming section. It’s important to do the activities in this order to have a positive effect. The activities should be done regularly to help prepare children for the day’s learning and achieve optimum level of alertness.
Key points to consider:
The aim here is to provide both vestibular (movement and balance) and proprioceptive (awareness of body in space) stimulation as these can help the child to become more alert.
This includes activities that provide a motor challenge and requires the child or young person to plan, organise and/or sequence their movement.
The activities suggested below provide proprioceptive (deep pressure) input and heavy muscle work which can have a calming and organising effect.
Sensory Circuits: A sensory motor skills programme for children