ACCESS-ABILITY Volume3_Issue1 - Page 50

SENSORY PATHS Over t h e su m m er , t w o sen sor y t r ails w er e in st alled in t h e h allw ays of Sou t h Elem en t ar y. Th e sen sor y t r ails w er e design ed t o pr ovide st r u ct u r ed, or gan ized m ovem en t f or st u den t s. Th e m ovem en t s t h em selves w er e ch osen t o pr ovide a good sou r ce of pr opr iocept ive in pu t , w h ich is sen sor y f eedback t h r ou gh on e?s m u scles an d join t s. Wh en f ollow in g eit h er t r ail, st u den t s h op, ju m p, w alk h eel-t o-t oe an d pu sh w it h t h eir h an ds on t h e w all. On som e sect ion s, t h ey m ay f ollow a ser ies of n u m ber s an d on ot h er s a h opscot ch alph abet . Sw it ch in g u p var iou s m ovem en t pat t er n s r equ ir es st u den t s t o visu ally f ocu s on it em s, sequ en ce, f ollow dir ect ion s, m ot or plan an d u se bot h sides of t h eir body t oget h er . Obt ain in g t h is in pu t h elps t o or gan ize, aler t an d calm a st u den t ?s n eu r ological syst em all at t h e sam e t im e. We ar e alr eady seein g m an y ch ildr en t ak e advan t age of t h e sen sor y pat h s t o h elp decr ease t h eir w iggles an d in cr ease t h eir at t en t ion an d st am in a in class! By Peggy Mertens MINDFUL MINUTE