I have had more than 10 years of experience working with children with developmental issues and the one thing that I have found that helps them grow socially and academically is an environnment that can stimulate their sensory needs. Not only should a child with special needs have a room specially designed to fit their sensory needs in their educational setting but one should be provided in their home.
Many children with special needs have difficulties communicating. Most of us are able to talk about what we want or need or do something to help ourselves like taking a soothing bath to calm our nerves. Children with special needs must be able to sooth their senses as well.
Each child is different so each child's room should be built to meet their specific needs. One of my favorite items to aid in the growth of children with disabilities is an Ipad. There are many different apps available that help with sensory needs. Some others are easily made at home like a container of sand or noodles, velcro, and shaving cream. Contact me for more information about building an environment to fit your childs sensory needs.
Check out some of these items that are made for sensory stimulation.