Mini Sensory Breaks

Individual Sensory Breaks

Purpose: to help students maintain or become regulated

When to use: Although sensory breaks are a helpful response to when students become dysregulated. They are most effective when used proactively to help students maintain regulation throughout the day.

How to use: Create a sensory break for your student, that they can do at scheduled times throughout the day. Often transitions are a good time. It should not take longer that 5-10 minutes and really only needs to consist of 3 activities. Start with activities that require heave work and end with activities that are calming.

Example: 10 chair push-ups, 10 finger pulls, 10 deep breaths

Here are some ideas below:

Heavy Work ActivitiesCalming Activities
Finger pulls
Hand- squeezes
Wall/Chair Push-ups
Jumping Jacks
Stretching

Deep Breathing
Drawing/Doodling
Reading Quietly (in beanbag or soft chair if possible)

Whole Class Sensory Break – “Chime Breaths”

Purpose: to help students maintain or become regulated

When to use: Could be done on a set schedule (ex. Every 60 min.) or can be done randomly throughout the day. Most effective when used proactively to help students maintain regulation throughout the day.

How to use: Teach students that every time they hear the chime they need to stop what they are doing, put their feet flat on the floor (grounding), and take slow deep breaths until they can no longer hear the sound of the chime.  Once complete they can start up with what they were doing again.