Sensory Strategies and the Brain: Promoting Self-Regulation and Learning

Do you like roller coasters? Do you hate spicy foods? We all have sensory preferences that guide the things we seek out and the things we avoid. Many “challenging behaviors” are actually a child’s attempts to regulate their sensory system, so join us to learn how to recognize sensory-seeking and sensory-avoiding behaviors in the classroom.
1.5 Hours
Intended for educators working with 
Infant- PreK

In this online course, you will:

  • Learn brain-based strategies that effective teachers use to get entire classrooms of children regulated and ready to learn
  • Learn how to connect a child’s behaviors to their sensory needs
  • Get an easy-to-follow plan for supporting those needs in the classroom
  • Put it all into practice with a case study to identify an individual child’s sensory needs and walk through the whole process together
  • Receive a printable Sensory Matrix template that you can customize for your students and use again and again in your classroom

Course Details: Sensory Strategies and the Brain

This course is a mix of:
 On-demand lessons with visuals including text, images, and videos 
Recorded audio narration with optional closed captioning
Engaging activities that support learning
IMPACT's online childcare courses are Merit STARS approved and provide evidence-based early childhood education training.
Certificate for 1.5 continuing education hours awarded upon completion of course and quiz
  • 4 Lessons

    • Sensory Processing and Regulation
    • The Sensory Spectrum
    • Sensory, Learning, and Classroom Applications
    • Examining Your Own Sensory Preferences

Bonus Materials

  • Heavy Work Handout
  • Sensory Matrix Handout


  • Intended for: Educators working with Infant-Pre-K
  • May be applicable for: Educators working with K-3rd

User Reviews

IMPACT user reviews.
Five-star user satisfaction rating.
"There are some great resources/handouts in this course that I can share with teachers and families. New sensory input ideas that teachers can utilize, versus the traditional go-to. This course reminds you to read cues, think about what the child may be experiencing and how to meet that need."
Five-star user satisfaction rating.
"I enjoyed the sensory input activity and seeing what my input/avoidance preference may be. The ideas shared on what to incorporate into the classroom and/or curriculum to meet a child's sensory need were very helpful."
IMPACT's early learning professional development courses. User reviews.

Course Access

12 Months

All online on-demand IMPACT courses are accessible for 12 months after the date of purchase. 


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