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24LC 09 003 - Sensory Strategies: Nurturing Self-Regulation in Schools

24LC 09 003 - Sensory Strategies: Nurturing Self-Regulation in Schools

Sensory Strategies: Nurturing Self-Regulation in Schools

Sensory strategies are techniques that increase or decrease sensory input to help pupils to focus and learn. They are particularly useful when working with children impacted by sensory-processing difficulties arising from trauma, ADHD, Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

This five-part webinar series is designed specifically for Primary and Post-Primary teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) seeking to enhance their understanding of sensory processing and application of sensory strategies  to support regulation in educational settings. The series will delve into the world of sensory processing and provide practical tools to create an inclusive and harmonious learning environment.

Participants will:

  • Explore the concept of sensory processing and its impact on behaviour, attention, and learning.
  • Explore essential steps to foster self-regulation in pupils while deepening understanding of co-regulation, emotional awareness, and recognition of sensory behaviours.
  • Uncover the potential of movement breaks, alerting, organising and calming activities, and sensory circuits as powerful tools to promote engagement, regulation, and learning.
  • Discover sensory tools and resources that can be used to create sensory-rich spaces.
  • Gain the confidence to create an enriched learning environment that nurtures engagement, self-regulation, and overall well-being for all pupils.
  • Explore the powerful framework of the Zones of Regulation and gain practical strategies for implementing it in the classroom.



Course Outline


Session 1 – Sensory Processing & Its Impact on Regulation

  • Understanding the senses, arousal and regulation
  • Understanding the impact of sensory processing differences
  • Recognising sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviours in school

Session 2 – Steps to Self-Regulation

  • Co-regulation precedes self-regulation
  • Linking body sensations, emotions and arousal states
  • Creating sensory-inclusive spaces: environmental considerations
  • Sensory equipment and resources

Session 3 – Regulating Minds & Bodies

  • Movement Breaks & Sensory Circuits
  • Alerting, Organising & Calming Activities
  • Meditation, mindfulness & breathing exercises


Session 4 - Sensory Diets: Identifying Individual Needs & Setting Goals

  • Tools and techniques to gather information about sensory preferences, sensitivities, and seeking behaviours
  • Tailoring sensory diets and designing sensory schedules to meet individual needs
  • Setting goals and tracking progress
  • Using social stories to support sensory goals

Session 5 – Implementing the Zones of Regulation

  • Introduction to the Zones of Regulation framework and its significance in promoting self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Strategies for introducing and teaching the language of the Zones
  • Effective ways to integrate the Zones into daily classroom routines and instruction
  • Using social stories to support the Zones programme

Course dates: Tuesdays 17th, 24th September, 1st, 8th, 15th October

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Course Details

Course Date 17-09-2024 7:00 pm
Course End Date 15-10-2024 8:30 pm
Cut off date 17-09-2024 1:00 pm
Registration fee / cost €37.50
Speaker Lucy Mannion
Number Hours 7.5
Categories Primary, Other, Post Primary