Tech Tool Today: Color Changing Touch Light for Students with Sensory Needs

An adorable technology tool for every little kid with sensory needs. Think of this as a positive reinforcement in the classroom, in a sensory room, or as a cue based on colors. With just touch it can be adjusted from various colors white to red, orange, green, dark blue, light blue, or purple. I could also see this little friend as a wonderful table-time partner in small groups across various ages. Even my secondary kids will love it!

Did you know?

Light can have a significant impact on children with sensory needs, including those with sensory processing disorder (SPD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Here are a few ways in which light can connect with kids with sensory needs:

  1. Sensory Stimulation: Light can provide sensory stimulation for children with sensory needs. Some children may be visually sensitive and find bright or flickering lights overwhelming. On the other hand, others may seek visual input and enjoy engaging with specific types of lights, such as colorful or changing lights. Light can be used as a tool to create a sensory-rich environment that helps children regulate their sensory experiences.
  2. Calming Effect: Appropriate lighting can have a calming effect on children with sensory needs. Soft and diffused lighting can create a soothing atmosphere, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. Dimming the lights or using warm-toned lighting can help create a comfortable and peaceful environment for children who may be sensitive to bright or harsh lighting.
  3. Visual Cues and Support: Light can be used to provide visual cues and support for children with sensory needs. For example, using different colored lights or visual timers can help children understand and anticipate transitions or activity changes. Visual schedules or charts with illuminated elements can assist children in organizing their tasks or daily routines.
  4. Sensory Integration Therapy: Light is sometimes incorporated into sensory integration therapy, a form of occupational therapy aimed at helping children with sensory processing difficulties. Therapists may use specific lighting techniques or equipment, such as light tables or fiber optic lights, to provide sensory input and engage children in therapeutic activities.
  5. Environmental Considerations: Creating a sensory-friendly environment involves considering lighting conditions. Children with sensory needs may be sensitive to fluorescent lighting, intense glare, or specific color temperatures. Adjusting the lighting to reduce flickering, glare, or harsh contrasts can improve their comfort and focus. Natural light from windows and access to outdoor spaces can also provide a positive sensory experience.

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