Sensory Stimulation

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We learn about the world constantly by interacting with it and through our senses. Children explore and play in different environments and in doing so they find out what burns them or hurts them, what can be eaten, which things smell nice and what different sounds signify. This process of exploration and learning continues throughout our lives. Because of physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities, many people have not had the same opportunities to investigate and interact with their environment. ...
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Overview

We learn about the world constantly by interacting with it and through our senses. Children explore and play in different environments and in doing so they find out what burns them or hurts them, what can be eaten, which things smell nice and what different sounds signify. This process of exploration and learning continues throughout our lives. Because of physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities, many people have not had the same opportunities to investigate and interact with their environment. Sensory-focused activities are designed to offer environments in which people with disabilities can use their senses to learn about and relate more meaningfully with the world. This photocopiable resource provides a step-by-step approach for carers and other professionals working with people with physical, multiple or complex disabilities to organising sensory-focused activities. It also presents information on sensory stimulation within a framework that embraces the individual's every-day situation. Activities are based around food, drink, personal and household care and crafts, and are kept simple so they can be slotted into daily routines with minimum disruption. Assessment forms and checklists will help carers and support staff to monitor and understand their clients' needs and progress.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843104551
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 11.69 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Hilary Johnson     9
Acknowledgements     10
Introduction     11
Theory
The Meaning of Sensory Stimulation     15
Theoretical Framework for Sensory-Focused Activities     17
Maximising Participation in Sensory-Focused Activities     33
Assessment and Evaluation     39
How to Structure Sensory-Focused Activities     47
Activity Ideas
Introduction to Part Two     61
Providing Sensory-Focused Activities and Maximising Participation     63
The Activities     77
List of Activities
Drinks
Apple and celery juice     81
Apple, pear and strawberry juice     82
Chilled chocolate     83
Coconut banana drink     84
Coffee     85
Fruitade     87
Fruit smoothie     88
Hot chocolate malt     89
Hot ginger     90
Hot lemon     91
Iced mocha     92
Kosciusko nightcap     94
Lemon nectar     95
Orange and lemon juice     96
Orange tea     97
Passionfruit and lemon juice     98
Peanut milk     99
Pink grapefruit juice     100
Punch     101
Raspberry fizz     102
Soy banana thick milkshake     103
Spicy hot chocolate     104
Spicy tomato     105
Food
Apricot and orange mousse     109
Avocado dip     111
Chocolate peppermint slice     112
Chocolate syllabub     113
Christmas tree shortbreads     114
Curry paste     116
Decorating a plain cake     118
Frozen apple     119
Fruit cheese roll     121
Fudge     122
Grapefruit sorbet     124
Hummus     126
Indian samosa filling     128
Lemon and passionfruit cream     130
Making lunch: crustless quiche     132
Pancakes     134
Rita's sponge finger cake     136
Small Christmas puddings     138
Strawberry and peach cobbler     140
Summer pudding     142
Sweet chilli sauce     144
Personal and household care
Bath salts     149
Beauty care/body awareness     150
Hand lotion     151
Having a bath or shower      152
Homemade face pack     153
Massage and aromatherapy     155
Peppermint face mask     157
Potpourri     158
Refreshing peppermint foot cream     159
Rich yoghurt and fruit exfoliating mask     161
Rum and egg shampoo additive     162
Scented drawer liners     163
Shoe cleaning     164
Soap balls     165
Strawberry almond facial scrub     166
Sweet violet hand cream     168
Wool mix     169
Art and craft
Bird cake     173
Bubblebrew (bubble-blowing liquid)     175
Christmas tree cards     176
Cinnamon clay ornaments     178
Cinnamon spice dough     179
Flowers and leaves collage     180
Fluorescent action painting     181
Foil painting/corrugated card     183
Glitter leisure dough     184
Glittery collage/glittery mobile     185
Herb vinegar     186
Icing sugar art     188
Music     189
Peanut butter dough     190
Papier mache     191
Rainsticks and shakers     193
Soapy paint     195
Warm cornflour finger paint     196
Wrapping paper     197
Yoghurt painting     198
Appendices
Engagement background questionnaire     201
Sensory assessment; Sensory assessment - additional information     206
Self-engagement behaviours; Self-engagement analysis     221
Interest chart     224
Engagement checklist     225
Likes and dislikes form     226
Personal communication dictionary form     227
Sensory assessment summary form     228
Example of a multisensory room recording form     229
Useful equipment for sensory activities     232
Equipment commonly found in multisensory rooms     234
Companies that supply multisensory equipment     236
The benefits of and the skills required to run sensory-focused activities     239
Precautions when using UV light     240
Glossary     241
References     244
Further reading     246
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