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SPD Teaching Toolkit: Empowering Students with Sensory Processing Disorder

SPD Teaching Toolkit: Empowering Students with Sensory Processing Disorder

Creating an inclusive classroom that supports students with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is essential for their academic and social success. This comprehensive SPD Teaching Toolkit is designed to provide educators with practical tools and strategies that cater to the diverse needs of students with SPD. Each component of this toolkit...
Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition)

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Oral and Chewing Sensory Support for Disorders

People with sensory processing disorders often require specific support to manage their oral and chewing behaviors. This is due to the way sensory information is perceived and integrated in the brain, potentially leading to either hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity in the mouth and jaw areas. Here are several strategies for managing and providing relief:

Sensory Diet

An effective starting point is to create a sensory diet tailored to the individual's needs, which will include activities to gradually desensitize or stimulate the mouth and chewing. This could range from textured chew pendants to consuming a variety of foods with different consistencies and tastes.

Oral Motor Exercises

Structured oral motor exercises under the guidance of a professional can improve muscle tone and control. This may involve blowing whistles, practicing speech sounds, and using oral motor tools to enhance the overall readiness of the oral muscles.

Chewing Tools

For individuals who seek oral sensory input, chewable jewelry can be a discreet and safe method of self-regulation. There are many options available with different textures and resilience, allowing individuals to pick the tool that best satisfies their oral needs.

Chewable Foods

For those who are sensitive to textures, having a selection of foods that the individual finds safe and comfortable to chew can be very helpful. This could include food that requires significant chewing, like raw vegetables, to help exercise the jaw muscles.

Oral Sensory Breaks

Developing a structured plan for sensory breaks, where the individual is allowed to perform calming oral activities, can be very beneficial. This could involve chewing gum, sucking on hard candies, or drinking through a straw, depending on the person's specific needs and sensitivities.

Consistent Oral Care Routine

An established and consistent oral hygiene routine can provide comfort and predictability. This could include using a suggested toothbrush or sensory-friendly toothpaste, and if appropriate, a vibrating or textured toothbrush to introduce mild oral stimulation.

Sensory Support Team

Working with a knowledgeable team, including occupational therapists and speech therapists, can help guide you through these strategies with expertise and support. They can create personalized plans, offer resources for tools, and monitor progress over time.

By implementing these strategies, individuals with sensory processing disorders can find effective ways to manage their oral and chewing sensitivities, leading to an improved quality of life and enhanced well-being.