Week #5: Sensory Input
Theme: Students learn about sensory input in the cafeteria and its influence on how they feel; explore sensory preferences and aversions; and learn to respect sensory differences.
Eating lunch in the cafeteria exposes students and supervisors to a variety of sensory input – the smell of food, the sound of many people talking, the sight of a lot of students in one room, and even the touch associated with handling foods. The focus of Week #5 is learning about sensory input and how it influences how we feel and function. Students reflect on personal likes and dislikes and become aware of respecting differences.
- Students learn about the different types of sensory input in the cafeteria (auditory, olfactory/smell, visual, taste, touch) and reflect on their personal reactions.
- Cafeteria supervisors learn about the sensory aspects of cafeteria/lunch and learn how to tune-into and respond to students' individual responses.
Bring in: A variety of foods with varying textures and tastes.
Comfortable Cafeteria Week #5 Lesson Plan (download handout)
Handouts/Resources for Supervisors & Teachers:
- Star Center for Sensory Therapies and Research. Read '5 Tips for Managing Sensory Processing Disorders'. Link: http://spdstar.org/2013/05/28/5-top-tips-for-managing-sensory-processing-disorder/
- Do you know me? I am a sensational kid. http://www.sensorystreet.com/uploads/Do_You_Know_Me_-_general.pdf
Handout for students:
- The Five Senses posters from www.teachersnotebook.com