As an instructional autism special education teacher, I facilitate a parent support group at my school for parents raising children with special needs. The group is designed to support and encourage parents and caregivers through collaboration, education, and resources. We cover many different topics, one of which is helping parents to understand sensory integration differences in children with autism.
This power point presentation provides information and resources as it actively engages parents in learning about sensory challenges and supports for children with autism. The presentation begins with an introduction about what sensory processing is and explores (through a hands-on activity) how sensory processing can be different for children with autism. Next, the presentation guides (large or small group) discussion about sensory processing disorder and leads parents to make connections to their child. Hyper- and hypo- sensitivity to various sensory areas (tactile, proprioceptive, vestibular, olfactory, etc.) is introduced and specific calming and stimulating sensory supports are provided to correlate with each need. The presentation also recommends two books for more information about sensory processing disorder.
This presentation was made specifically for parents but could also be used as professional development for staff. Enjoy!