Review and reflections

It is vital that a review of the session is carried out, in order to ensure that the sensory safe space is indeed helping the student. Recording activities will make sure that other people know what works when they come to support that student. It will also help identify if a pupil gets bored with an activity or prefers to do the same thing every single time.

Key questions:

Observe students after using the sensory space and ask:

  • Is the student calm, organised and relaxed or active and alert?
  • Was the desired outcome achieved? 
  • How does the pupil feel during and after the sensory activity?
  • What worked well?
  • What needs to be improved?

Create a record that works for you. It might be a form like below or notes in a book. You can find more ideas for recording incidents in our Debriefing course.

image shows a table with the heading 'sensory needs observations'. Below are the name: Mary Brown and Teacher: John Smith, then 5 columns with headings and sample text. Column 1: Time and Lesson, 23rd March, morning session maths; Column 2: situation, Mary overwhelmed by classroom noise; Column 3: activity,  Spent time in quiet rubbing textured fabrics and wearing headphones; Column 4: Observations, Mary spent 10 minutes in the space and then felt calm enough to return to class; Column 5: Other comments; Mary used her mood card to ask for a break. This is progress!.

From this you can create a Sensory Needs Summary sheet to help guide classroom staff:

A table labelled: Sensory Needs Observations with 4 columns and sample text: Column 1, Situation: Mary is overwhelmed by classroom noise; Column 2: Seeks, touching rough surfaces; column 3: avoids Sounds by covering her ears by her hands.   Physical contact with others.  Column 4: Time in the quiet space, rubbing textured fabrics and wearing headphones helps her relax.
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