At your desk sit with both feet flat on the floor (uncrossed) and both hands on your lap (uncrossed). No elbows on your desk. Sit perfectly still for as long as you can and listen carefully.
Today we are going to learn about something called Sensory Issues. They have to do with the senses. (Who can tell me what they are?)
Autistic kids experience the world differently from the way most other kids do. These differences make it hard for kids with autism to communicate with others and to react to things going on around them in the usual way.
Autism also creates a confusing world of senses. Quiet sounds may be loud and distracting to a kid with autism. A sudden noise can be terrifying. A person's touch might set off a wave of strong emotions - like when a chill gives you the shivers; but much worse.
How do you feel sitting with both feet flat on the floor and your hands on your laps?
What do you think could make you feel comfortable again?
Sometimes students with autism may do things to help themselves feel comfortable again, such as flapping their hands, playing with a spinning object, or even just getting up and pacing back and forth.