98: Sensory Overload & The Learning Environment

Do you know how important it is to have sensory awareness in classrooms?

Join host Meg Durham and expert guest Belinda Jankowiak as they discuss how sensory factors greatly influence students’ learning experiences. Belinda, an occupational therapist and founder of Project Classroom, highlights the impact of sensory inputs on energy levels and cognitive engagement.

During the episode, you’ll hear strategies such as reducing visual clutter and managing noise to create thriving learning spaces. You’ll gain insights into fostering student regulation and enhancing overall engagement. By embracing sensory-aware approaches, educators and students can enjoy reduced stress, improved focus, and a more enriching educational journey.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ The sensory setup of the classroom.

▫️ How to reduce the cognitive load for students and staff.

▫️ Why our senses have an impact on our wellbeing.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Sensory inputs can either increase or decrease our alertness.”

Belinda Jankowiak

“We want to try and create classrooms which unconsciously soothe our nervous system.”

Belinda Jankowiak

“Our senses are how we learn.”

Belinda Jankowiak


Belinda Jankowiak – LinkedIn | Website

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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