Updated: Nov 27, 2018
I once had a 4-year-old boy in my class who loved sounds. He loved to make sounds with every item available to him, including his voice. He was a loud child. His favorite way to make sounds was to put on the dress-up high heels and clomp all over the tiled-floor classroom. Clomp! Clomp! Clomp! Back and forth through the whole classroom. The sound drove me absolutely crazy.
One day, I decided to put away the dress up shoes and replace them with other pretend play prompts. This was so upsetting to my student that he threw a raging temper tantrum under one of the tables. There was nothing I could to calm him—except give him the high-heels.
I realized a few things: Some children use sounds to help themselves regulate. It was more peaceful for me to tolerate the clomping (with ear plugs shoved in my ear) than deprive this 4 year old from a sensory experience he needed. Sometimes, early childhood classrooms include more clomping that anyone can tolerate. hashtag#marketing hashtag#education hashtag#management hashtag#creativity hashtag#sensoryprocessing