A large proportion of the children attending The Harris School are diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder or have issues related to sensory processing. There is a tremendous benefit when sensory activities are available to them during the school day to help “modulate” their nervous systems.
Our sensory room, funded by the Farb Foundation, offers a variety of activities, some of them calming and others stimulating. Some examples of the activities are: general exploration and use of the environment and equipment in the room, mindfulness and self-soothing exercises, progressive relaxation exercises, deep breathing, distress tolerance activities, sensorimotor activities, stretching and isometric exercises, use of therapy balls, independent application of varied deep pressure touch activities, and imagery. These activities can help a child maximize the following:
- daily functioning which includes feeling more successful in school
- intellectual, social, and emotional development
- development of a positive self-esteem
- a mind and body which is ready for learning
- positive interactions
- the achievement of normal developmental milestones
Students identified as needing the sensory room are scheduled throughout the day with their occupational therapist or a teacher.