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Creating In-Sync Environments for Children with Sensory Issues

by Jane Humphries and Kari Rains
November/December 2012
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When Abe joined the program as an infant, the teachers in the classroom began to notice issues that made caring for Abe just a little more sensitive. As Abe grew into a mobile toddler, he would cover his ears when classroom noise got loud, cry when other children touched him, and often hide under tables to get away. The staff wanted to meet Abe’s individual needs, but they felt inadequate. The teachers knew of early intervention services provided by the state and encouraged Abe’s parents to seek these services. At first, Abe’s parents were very upset by the staff’s request, which created tears and frustration with each other. Denial and grief that their child was not ‘normal’ were emotions that affected Abe’s parents, but also parents in the same circumstances. Luckily for Abe, the staff and director were patient and empathetic, and they listened. After completion of multiple assessments and meetings with Abe’s parents and center staff, Abe was diagnosed with sensory integration issues and work began to include several qualified specialists in his care.

Initially, most of the work done with Abe was in the home environment. Over time and as issues were being sorted out, the director began ...

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