Supporting arousal and regulation
Sensory activities can be used to change arousal and regulation. Typically, movement helps to increase arousal. Breathing, yoga or heavy work can help to reduce arousal. However as each child is different, they will need access to different activities.
Before creating a sensory circuit, you need to know how you want the child’s arousal to change. Does the child need to increase or decrease their arousal? Or, do they need to be more organised? It is important to know the needs of each individual child.
If you have multiple children in your group, you may need to give them individual plans within the circuit. Children who need to get organised typically need more structure, so they might have to count their movements. Those with low arousal might need to do faster movement for longer. If the child needs to calm down, they might avoid the faster movements.
Overall, the goal of the sensory circuit is that the pupil will be more ready to attend and focus on their lesson. It is your job to tailor the circuits so that they achieve this goal.