Sensory Modulation: Resource Manual

Sensory Modulation: Resource Manual

by Carolyn Fitzgibbon, Julie O'Sullivan


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Sensory modulation is ‘changing how we feel through using our senses’. The senses include touch, movement taste, smell, sight and sound. This sensory input changes the physiology of the body, and in doing so creates a shift in how the person feels.

Sensory modulation is broader than just aiming to feel calm and relaxed. It can also be used to:

•ground: when feeling dissociated, spacey or having difficulty focusing on the present

•soothe: when feeling self-hatred, shame, sad or anxious

•calm: when feeling anxious, scared, angry or agitated

•relax: when the muscles feel tense or the mind feels stressed

•alert: when feeling lethargic, tired or sedated,or having trouble concentrating

•reduce or intensify sensations: when feeling self-hatred or shame or the urge to self-harm

•increase pleasure: when feeling the need for joy in the moment or happy memories from the past

•create a sense of safety: when feeling unsafe, triggered by the current environment or past memories

•self-manage symptoms: when experiencing auditory hallucinations, panic attacks, or insomnia

•manage pain and itch: when chronic pain or itch is an issue

•cope with grief and shock: through soothing the body and mind

•cope with cravings for addictions:through using alternatives to substances

•reminisce: when wanting to improve memory or connect an elderly person to familiar or pleasurable sensations.

Sensory modulation is being increasingly used in health, school and community settings, to support individuals to change their feelings through using sensory input.

This manual provides practical assistance for people to increase their knowledge and skills concerning sensory modulation. This includes:

•understanding the 8 senses.

•explaining how sensory modulation works

•getting started with sensory modulation

•managing specific intense emotions and challenging scenarios

•creating a Sensory Space

•using sensory modulation so that it is Safe, Appropriate, Individualised and Meaningful

•downloadable factsheets and worksheets

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648228059
Publisher: Sensory Modulation Brisbane
Publication date: 03/16/2018
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1- Sensory Modulation

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Origins of Sensory Modulation

Chapter 3: The Eight Senses

Chapter 4: How Sensory Modulation Works

Chapter 5: Sensory Lens

Part 2 – Application of Sensory Modulation

Chapter 6: Using Sensory Modulation Safely

Chapter 7: Getting Started with Sensory Modulation

Chapter 8: Sensational Spaces

Chapter 9: Sensational Activities

Chapter 10: Using Sensory Modulation to Address Healthy Living

Chapter 11: Future Opportunities

Chapter 12: Conclusions

Part 3 – Sensory Modulation Resources

Chapter 13: 5 Sensory Modulation Strategies to Manage Intense Emotions and Challenging Scenarios

Chapter 14: Sensory Modulation Equipment and Items

Chapter 15: Sensory Definitions

Chapter 16: Factsheets and Worksheets

Chapter 17: Leisure, Interests, Sport Through the Senses (LISTS)

Chapter 18: Risk Management Information

Chapter 19: Sensory Spaces Worksheets

Part 4 References and Index

Chapter 20: References

Chapter 21: Index

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