Sensory Integration

A Guide for Preschool Teachers by: Christy & Rebecca Isbell

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why can't he sit still?" or "Why does she ALWAYS cover her ears when we play music in the class?"

These are just 2 of the many issues this book covers. Sensory Integration helps you identify students who have a sensory processing disorder(SPD) or sensory processing difficulties. It provides useful suggestions and solutions to support the sensory needs of students in your Pre-k classroom.

There are 3 types of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) a Preschooler can have:

  • He/She may be a SENSORY AVOIDER
  • He/She may be a SENSORY SEEKER
  • He/She may be a SENSORY UNDER-RESPONDER

Sensory Avoider

The sensory avoider reacts too strongly to sensory input from the environment. They are over-responsive to sensations from one or more sensory systems.

Sensory Seeker

The sensory seeker is always looking for more and craves excessive stimulation from one or more of the sensory systems. They never seem to be satisfied with the amount of stimulation they recieve (Miller & Fuller, 2006).

Sensory Under-Responder

The sensory under-responder responds too little to one or more of the sensory systems and does not seem to be fazed or notice imputs from them.

THE 5 MAIN SENSORY SYSTEMS:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Tactile
  • Vestibular
  • Proprioception
This book, Sensory Integration, provides the classroom teacher with easy-to-implement solutions which include adaptations and activities such as:


  • environment design changes
  • daily routines and rituals
  • making low-cost items (tire swing, incline board, picture schedules, and lap weights)