A sensory break allows for time to decompress, reset, and receive the input necessary to feel more regulated. Also known as a brain break or movement break, when a child gets a quick sensory break, they are able to move, increase blood flow, and receive either the calming or active input they need to aid with focus and concentration.
Kids need to move their bodies in order to stay alert and focused. They can only attend for so long by sitting still and being quiet. It is important to allow for movement breaks both at home and in the classroom to increase focus and concentration.
Here are 10 simple indoor activities to use as movement breaks with children:
1. Turn on some music and have a quick dance break
2. Do jumping jacks
3. Jog in place
4. Try some yoga poses
5. Wiggle the sillies out
6. Bounce on an exercise ball
7. Show a quick, energizing brain break video
8. Play Simon Says
9. Perform deep breathing
10. Extra Recess!
— By Jessica Glenbocki, occupational therapist at LLA Therapy, which offers speech-language, physical, occupational, behavioral, and music therapy at its clinics in Fairlawn, Hudson and Medina. LLA is committed to guiding all individuals toward quality therapy solutions to improve the lives of their patients and their families in a collaborative, nurturing and supportive atmosphere. For more information, visit llatherapy.org.