How can a 1:1 specialist SEN tutor help my child who has sensory processing disorder (SPD?)
We use our 8 senses: visual, auditory (sound), tactile, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), vestibular, proprioception and interception, to help us perceive and understand the world around us. This is called ‘sensory processing’. It refers to the way our nervous systems and brains automatically absorb information and then organise it to decide how to react or feel.
For some children and adults however, this brain functionality isn’t as automatic as it perhaps should be. The brain recognises the senses but doesn’t respond or interpret them properly. This is called sensory processing disorder or SPD.
What’s life like as a child or adult with sensory processing disorder or SPD?
With years of experience, many adults with sensory processing disorder or SPD have learned how to adapt, or discovered s self-regulation strategies to help them cope with certain situations. For example, some people with sensory processing disorder or SPD may seek calming music to help them relax while others seek busier environments with a slight buzz to help them focus. Adults can often make the decision for themselves as to what suits them best at any given time.
But what about children with sensory processing disorder or SPD who perhaps haven’t had the experience to work out what works or doesn’t work for them?
Regardless of which category your child falls into, sensory processing disorder (SPD) can have a profound impact on your child’s behaviour and learning. The good news, however, is that the right support can make all the difference.
How can we help your child with sensory processing disorder (SPD)?
Your specialist SEN tutor can provide your child with holistic and bespoke 1:1 learning sessions at your own home or school. After developing an understanding of their specific needs, they will advise you on a number of effective strategies and interventions that they would like to try throughout the sessions. These will depend on the age of your child but some fun ideas include using sand to learn about letters or numbers, playing twister to learn spelling and sight-words, or illuminous light boards to teach phonics or spellings.
How can we enhance your child’s learning whilst also supporting their sensory needs?
Your SENsational Tutor can provide your child with a holistic session, i.e. teaching English, Maths, Science or other subjects alongside providing sensory provisions, perhaps as recommended by an occupational therapist (OT). Does your child have a sensory diet? We can certainly integrate this into the sessions. Furthermore, you can trust your specialist tutor to incorporate fun activities such as using cars to teach Maths number bonds to 10, and to recognise the need for brain breaks and focused-attention activities to ensure that your child gets the most from their sessions.
My child loves music, art and drama. Can these be incorporated into the sessions?
Absolutely. Your specialist SEN tutor may also be able to use their musical and creative talents to stimulate and excite your child to learn. Many parts of the English curriculum can be taught through drama, and for some children, this is an easier way for them to access their learning. Drama is also perfect for developing reading expression and fluency, and it can also be a powerful way to boost confidence and self-esteem. Lucy is a qualified SEN tutor who specialises in working with children with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Alongside her teaching qualification, she is also a certified coach and examiner at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She teaches English and Maths through a multi-sensory, immersive and creative learning approach and integrates music, drama, art and performance into her sessions. She mentions that, “I favour a multi-sensory and individualised approach to my teaching and am committed to unlocking the potential of each and every child in a supportive, nurturing and engaging way – through the use of personalised learning plans, individual targets and confidence-building skills. I am a highly adaptable and reflective practitioner and would describe my teaching style as fun, creative and hands-on. I offer active, learning-through-play sessions that follow the interests of a particular child and use my love of drama, music and story-telling to further explore these learning concepts and bring my sessions to life.”
Lucy says that, “I am passionate about delivering innovative and engaging tutoring sessions that put the learning experience and well-being of the child at its core. As a qualified Primary School Teacher,I share specialisms in Early Years Education, Maths Mastery, Phonics and Performing Arts. As an educator, I am a firm believer in delivering excellence within the wider curriculum, ensuring all children receive a high-quality and well-rounded education.”
To find out more about Lucy or book her for a teaching session with your child or young adult with sensory processing disorder (SPD), click here.
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