The Course Outline:
Part 1: Let's make sense of it
Lesson 1: The journey to self-regulation - where and how do sensory needs and preferences fit in?
Lesson 2: Fire away - how do we regulate the amount and flow of sensory input messages (and what happens when we can't).
Lesson 3: Unique as a fingerprint - Differences in how we tolerate and respond to sensory input.
Lesson 4: The 8 sensory systems - what are they and how do they impact our day to day experiences and functioning.
Part 2: What's your bucket size?
Lesson 5: Large buckets - when we need or seek sensory input.
Lesson 6: Small buckets - when we are easily overwhelmed by sensory input.
Lesson 7: Mixed bucket sizes - adding to the spice of life.
Lesson 8: When the bucket overflows - Sensory overload, why does it happen and what to look out for. (This section includes a special discussion on sensory overload as a parent, caregiver or teacher; tips for when you can't leave the room or children and strategies to reset your nervous system. Additionally I discuss why sensory overload happens more frequently during holidays, festive seasons and celebrations and what you can do about it).
Part 3: Become a sensory detective
Lesson 9: Calming versus alerting sensory input - Supporting individual sensory preferences, needs and triggers.
Lesson 10: Sensory supportive home environment - Different sensory beings under the same roof; after school collapse (and tips on how to support); sensory corners for them and sensory refuge for you; homework considerations and more.
Lesson 11: Sensory supportive learning environments - Why all children can benefit; high versus low resourced school (or homeschooling) options; strategies and accommodations; flexible seating (taking both sensory and postural needs in consideration).
Part 4: Thriving in our sensory world
Lesson 12: Sensory needs, preferences and play & leisure - why free play for ALL ages is beneficial.
Lesson 13: Sensory needs, preferences and formal learning & work - a dysregulated or fear driven brain will find it difficult to learn, process new ideas and participate. What can we do about it?
Lesson 14: Sensory needs, preferences and self-care & sleep - how our senses can impact our activities of daily living and considerations to put in practice.