Introduction – Safe Spaces

Our day is full of sensory information as we touch, see, hear, move, smell and taste things around us.

We need this sensory information to function on a day to day basis, for concentrating, getting organised, learning and building friendships and working relationships. It helps us to understand and find our way around the world we live in. However, we all receive and react differently to sensory experiences.

This is very important for teachers and school staff because the school environment is filled with sensory information that has significant impact on students and educators. It can impact the learning processes, how students participate and it can be overwhelming. Therefore, to promote all students’ wellbeing, growth, and learning opportunities, the sensory needs of students need to be addressed, particularly those with specific needs and disabilities.

A group of blue characters. Including: one person flapping their arms (stimming), someone in a wheelchair, one person with a hearing aid doing sign language, a blind person with a white cane and sunglasses, one person wearing glasses, one person missing their right forearm, and a person with a cochlear implant.
We all experience the world differently
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