Today I have another song post for you. I'm sticking with the 5 senses theme and today's song post is about our hands and our sense of touch.
When working with students with special needs, the sense of touch is a very popular topic.
Some students can tolerate many textures (sensory stimuli,etc.), while others are extremely sensitive (also known as hypersensitive), or appear to be under-responsive to textures and other sensory stimuli (also known as hyposensitive). There are also students who crave sensory stimulation and who can be very impulsive in seeking sensory stimulation.
When I wrote the song, "My hands", my main focus was to write a song that would allow students to explore various textures. I work with many young students (with a variety of disabilities), who appear to be under-responsive, but need tons of exposure and assistance in order to explore the world around them.
I selected 4 main textures to sing about: soft, hard, bumpy and rough. These 4 textures are also featured a lot in board books designed for infants and toddlers.
When I sing the song, the teacher and assistants graciously help by taking samples of the various textures mentioned around to each child and each child is assisted in touching and exploring each texture.
I would love to hear what you think and what other songs you've been able to use or write to help address sensory processing issues with the students you serve.
Stay tuned for another post next week!
Have a great weekend!