Behaviours that Challenge

Exploring the Impact of the Senses on Behaviour

Friday 11th October 2019



We have classrooms that must support the needs of increasingly neurodiverse learners, some of whom are especially sensitive to their environment. Understanding how children’s emotional regulation and behaviour is influenced by factors that impact on their sensory perception and processing is essential to meeting the needs of our more complex pupils.

Behaviour is the result of two interconnected factors: the person and the environment. The sensory world impacts upon both of these factors. By understanding its impact we can learn to make adjustments at an individual and environmental level to better help those whose struggles with the sensory world can be expressed through behaviours that others may find challenging.

On this day you will learn:

  • The underpinning roots to behaviour triggered by sensory experience
  • Strategies you can use at an environmental level and at an individual level to help someone who is struggling and expressing that struggle through their behaviour
  • How to create simple sensory resources to support a person
  • How to create sensory environments to support a person
  • How to create a sensory flight path and support its use
  • How to communicate with someone whose behaviour has been triggered by a sensory experience


Course led by Joanna Grace