Exploring Sensory Modulation to Address Behaviour Management
31st Jan 2019
Co-Authors Julie O’Sullivan and Carolyn Fitzgibbon have written a manual to introduce people to sensory modulation, which involves using your senses to manage stress, life-changing events and intense emotions. Julie and Carolyn specialise in mental health and occupational therapy. Both work in Brisbane, Australia and both are committed to improving the wellbeing for people of all ages.
Schools and youth services who have adopted sensory modulation techniques have shown impressive improvements and functional outcomes for young people. As a result, Carolyn & Julie’s book: The Sensory Modulation Resource Manual is a must read for all teachers and a valuable purchase for schools.
Research shows that body-based interventions that directly target brain centres are particularly more effective in young people. The manual explores concepts and offers a range of interventions that are suitable for young children, right through to teenagers.
Sensory Modulation techniques use all senses including sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, deep pressure and movement in order to create a positive shift in feelings. This has been proven to help manage difficult behaviours of young people who experience underlying issues of;
Self-hatred, shame, sadness or coping with loss
Heightened emotions like anxiety, fear, rage or restlessness
The techniques can help create and improve;
Increased feelings of safety and security
Feelings of lethargy or cognitive difficulties
Self-manage emotions and physical pain
See how it works for Kylo:
The manual includes sensory kits and strategies that are easily incorporated into daily routines. They can work quickly and effectively to change and uplift feelings. The manual also includes practical information with respect to the young person, the activities they engage in and their every-day environment. The techniques are all safe and individualised so teachers will have no trouble making it meaningful to the young person.
For a broader perspective, schools can also adopt these techniques to create sensory spaces both indoors and outside. Taking a whole-school approach to improving emotions can increase the quality of life and education for both students and teachers.
To access the downloadable resources and worksheets visit: Tes.com