Interactive Sensory Toolbox for Attention & Self-Regulation

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Interactive Sensory Toolbox for Attention & Self-Regulation

This product can be used by Occupational Therapists, Home Educators, Early Childhood Educators and teachers, as a visual prompt to assist children with maintaining their attention and helping the self regulate their arousal and emotions.

Many young children and children with special needs require assistance in regulating their attention, emotions and arousal. A toolbox of sensory strategies can assist a child in beginning to do this independently. Visuals assist in prompting a child to use their toolbox, rather than just 'remembering' to do it.

The use of visual supports, can assist in decreasing anxiety, increasing understanding in children, managing anger, increasing calmness, increasing attention to tasks, decreasing distractions. This interactive toolbox can easily be incorporated into your classroom, therapy practice or home.

Strategies include tools that can easily be incorporated into a mainstream classroom, as well as 'breakout room' activities, as well as 'sensory room' activities. Having the toolbox selection board allows adults to adjust what tools are available at the time, while still giving children the control and choice in selecting the tools that work for them.

This Download includes:

- A variety of 80 symbols

- A toolbox selection board template

- A removable 'I want', 'Toolbox' & "First-Next-Then' Card that can be attached to their desk

- Instructions on how to create and use visual toolbox

Symbols include: gum/mints, stretch theraband, drink bottle, theraputty, body sock, therapy swing, head massage, chewy tube, chewy food, crunchy food, roll, skipping, table press, move and sit wedge, sit on fit ball, slinky, rocking chair, glitter wand, lava lamp, bubble wrap, sunglasses, climb, ear massage, ask for help, ball walk out, ball squishes, row boat, push-up, lift weights, jumping, brain break, change seats, action song, wheelbarrow walks, hang, play in sand, massage, animal walks, wet face, deliver message, count to 10, classroom exercises, go for a walk, SUPA thinking, run, drinking with a straw, swing, take a break, calm down tent, talk to an adult, hug, hug pillow, ask a grown up, chair push-up, wall push-up, take deep breath, push hands together, read, shoulder press, fidgets, tickle, tense and release, crawl, listen to music, ear defender, get a drink, bean bag, trampoline, blow bubbles, carry books, bounce on ball, star jumps, playdough, lie on ball, scooterboard, weighted blanket.

Feel free to add your own pictures and symbols to the routines to adapt to your situations. If you would like a specific symbol for your situation, feel free to contact me at and I will hopefully be able to source one for you.

Hope you enjoy this product

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