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How to Encourage a Sensory-Friendly Classroom During a Pandemic
Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Keriann Wilmot, OTR/L
Hosted by Stephanie Roselli, Executive Editor, Gryphon House
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Offering a sensory-friendly classroom through movement activities, fun manipulatives, and flexible seating can help all children engage and attend more during the early childhood learning process. Children with sensory processing difficulties, though, need special strategies as part of a “sensory diet” in order to succeed, especially if they are overwhelmed with the classroom environment.
This edWebinar describes fun experiences to include in the sensory-friendly classroom, some information on sensory processing issues, and what a sensory diet looks like in the classroom, so teachers can incorporate these activities seamlessly into their daily routines. However, COVID-19 has provided new rules and situations that may make sensory experiences and routines in the classroom different. There may be the smells of new cleaning products, potential rules and requirements of wearing masks, and social distancing of students who were previously able to congregate in small areas playing together. We are all in unchartered territory.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-3 teachers.
About the Presenter
Keriann Wilmot is a full-time pediatric occupational therapist. With more than 20 years of clinical experience, professionally Keri specializes in working with infants, young children and their families by promoting developmental milestones in clients’ homes, in the public school system and in the community.
Over time it was clear that Keri had developed a talent for finding developmental toys that promoted a child’s educational skills, in fun, natural and playful ways. In 2009 ToyQueen.com was developed as a resource for all parents, caregivers and educators to learn about toys, experiences and play tips to improve the lives of children.
Keri’s first book, Wired Differently: A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Issues, will be published by Gryphon House on September 1, 2020. In addition, Keri is an expert contributor as an occupational therapist and play expert to organizations such as Understood.org, Common Sense Media and The Genius of Play.
About the Host
Stephanie Roselli is the executive editor at Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers and parents, where she acquires and develops the latest books from today’s top early childhood experts.
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