Discovering How Sensory Products Make A Difference
A need for stimulation
Special needs such as Autism or ADHD vary between individuals and severity. Having said that, we know that the world is experienced differently to those not living with similar conditions.
Some people will have difficulty processing information they receive from their senses. They may be over or under-sensitive to sounds or noise, things they see, certain smells or tastes, or things they physically feel or touch. If sensory experiences become too much for them, they may feel overwhelmed and exhibit behaviours such as withdrawal or meltdown.
Some people with autism are ‘sensory-seekers’ and may enjoy focussing on a certain sensory input.
What sensory play does
Sensory stimulation has been shown to increase cognitive behaviour and heighten comprehension of their environment.
Time spent in a multi-sensory environment has been proven to increase concentration, improve motor skills, creativity, social relations and communication and general awareness of the surrounding world.
Not only has it been fantastic for individuals, but the leading care professionals, from doctors to schools, now consider sensory play as a core and fundamental strategy in first class special needs care.
- Increase concentration and focus attention
- Develop or reactivate senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste
- Heighten awareness and improve alertness
- Improve coordination and motor development
- Promote cognitive development by increased brain function
- Encourage people to explore their environment
- Provide security
- Enjoy themselves
- Improve and encourage creativity
- Develop a sense of cause and effect
- Develop language
- Promote social interactions
- Promote mental and physical relaxation
- Stress levels drop dramatically
- Calmer and less aggressive behaviour
- Improve communication and sharing
Provide relief and distraction from pain and painful treatments.