Who is the book written for?
The book is written for anyone working in primary education. I know it says teachers in the title, but it’s also a great resource for teaching assistants and senior leaders. If you’re a parent of a child who needs supports with their senses, it could be a great book for you to gift to your child’s school.
What does it look like inside?
Here is an example idea
Idea 77 Ear defenders
‘We used the ear defenders during assembly and lunchtimes as they really helped Oscar to stay in the space and engage.’
Ear defenders, or noise-blocking headphones, are a common piece of sensory equipment. They can be helpful for pupils who are sensitive to sounds. They are readily available commercially.
The available products are all similar price points, and you will easily be able to find them in sensory catalogues and general suppliers (e.g. Amazon). Some pupils prefer ear plugs over ear defenders. Ear defenders won’t work for all pupils, as some pupils don’t like wearing them as they muffle sounds.
Typically, pupils will use the ear defenders during noisier periods. This might be during music lessons, assembly or when in the lunch hall. Sometimes, pupils will wear them when they need to sit and focus on work. Other pupils will use them when their classmates start to become louder.
The pupil should be reasonably independent in putting these on and off. Some pupils might need a reminder to put them on. Other pupils will independently decide when they will use them.
More recently, noise-cancelling headphones are being used by some pupils. These can be expensive, and typically parents have purchased them. The noise-cancelling feature can be used with or without music playing.
Teach the pupil to access the headphones when they need them. Have them freely available for the pupil to access and put on and off.
For pupils with larger heads, sometimes gardening noise protection headphones are more comfortable as these come in adult sizes.
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