We know that until sensory needs are met and anxiety is reduced, brains and bodies will not be ready for learning. These simple steps can have a big impact for a child with autism when it's time for a work session or group activity. Pictured below are examples of what we use during a music therapy session to help brains and bodies succeed!
Visual schedule (and timer)
-Relieves anxiety as children can see what is coming next
*Pictured to the right of the schedule (below) are general pictures of a song with pictures. I'll often use these instead of a particular song so that I can make changes if needed.
-Weighted lap pads for children who benefit from deep pressure
-bumpy cushions for wiggly bodies
Choice board/Yes and No
-Develops communication and builds sense of autonomy
The clipboard pictured below has an attached compartment where I keep song and instrument picture choices. I have a Yes/No, More/Done, and several choices to offer from a field of two that I stick to the two velcro pieces I attached to the front.