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  • Soft Play in Early Childhood Education Sensory Rooms

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    Sensory needs start in the womb and can be seen as early as the first few days of life. As parents we know our children have different sensory needs and almost intuitively adjust to meet them. But when children begin their early childhood education some of their immediate needs may not be met as quickly as at home.

    Early childhood education has shown itself to be paramount to a child’s development. More and more preschools are addressing those sensory needs to provide a whole-child centered education. Creating a sensory room in your program, can not only address the needs of the children, but also provides solace to your staff and parent body. Let's take a look at some key components that may work for early childhood in creating a soft play multi-sensory environment.

     

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  • The Benefits of an MSE (Multi Sensory Environment)

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    What Is A Multisensory Environment?

    The Multisensory approach to therapy was developed in Holland in the 1970s by Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul while working at the De Hartenberg Institute in the Netherlands. It is based around the premise that the environment around a client has to be both soothing and stimulating. These multisensory environments can be filled with a range of sensory products and equipment, which are used as a therapy for those suffering from a range of conditions such as autism and other issues such as sensory development disorders, brain injuries or those with dementia. Continue reading

  • Favorite Sensory Lights for Your Sensory Room

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    Sensory lights are a great way to light up your world! Light therapy is at the base of every multi-sensory room. By allowing individuals to interact with light they can witness changing effects, cause and effect, and learn about their environment. Light is electromagnetic radiation located on a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Basically light is how we perceive the world. Light can be used in a darkened room to draw attention, to relax or for interaction. Tools can bring light into your environment and encourage calm, focus, attention, and even movement.

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  • Sensory Solutions for Your Sensory Seeker

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    Have a monkey on your hands? Kid climbing the walls? Adult who can't stay still? You may have a sensory seeker! Sensory seekers tend to crave sensory input and when their system is not getting enough you will find them touching, jumping, pushing biting, flapping, or talking excessively. Sensory seeking is not limited to children. . Adults can be sensory seekers craving weight, pressure, chewing (sometimes leading to smoking or eating disorders), and movement. Sensory seekers may appear fidgety or have a hard time being still. Creating a space for them to “center,” relax and receive the much needed but appropriate sensory input can enable the to function without causing disturbance or harm.

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  • What Is A Bubble Tube?

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    What Is a Bubble Tube?

    When it comes to a sensory environment, a whole host of apparatuses are needed in order to create an area that is stimulating or calming (depending on the individual requirements of the user). One of the items found in many of these sensory rooms and environments is a bubble tube. Continue reading

  • Autism and Our Workforce

    Understanding Autism and our workforce will be essential Understanding Autism and our workforce will be essential in accommodating the population of adults with Autism that continues to increase. It will behoove us to understand this unique segment of the workforce not only to accommodate their needs, but also to open our minds and hearts to perhaps a new and yet different work environment that benefits everyone. From adapting social experiences to providing a sensory savvy workspace, we can all grow and learn to be better employers and employees. Let's take a look at some suggestions for making your office space Autism friendly.

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  • Benefits of Environmental Control

    Experia's Environmental Control Unit. The Iris is wireless and a wonderful tool for your sensory room. Experia's Environmental Control Unit. The Iris is wireless and a wonderful tool for your sensory room.

    Providing environmental control in your sensory room, office, playroom or bedroom can make an ordinary space come alive. Did you ever stop to realize the number of times you flip on a switch, click on an email, turn on a light or ignite an engine? Each time you touch a button or a switch you are creating an effect, you are being the instigator. Environmental control switches and devices put an individual in control of his or her environment. And of those with limited abilities or neurological challenges such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, Autism, Executive Functioning Disorder or Sensory integration disorder, that is quite powerful not to mention therapeutic. Being in control of the external environment can release endorphins and stimulate dopamine receptors much like you might get from exercising. But there are many benefits to setting up an environment with control switches. Let's take a look at some of those key benefits.

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  • The Benefits of a Sensory Garden

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    What Is A Sensory Garden?

    A sensory garden is the ideal way to help improve the sensory development of those in your care. With it being summer it makes sense to create a great outdoor space to allow those in your care to explore their senses in a fun filled and safe environment.

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  • Make Mother’s Day Sensory Savvy

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    Great tips to for a sensory savvy Mother's day. It’s a day of gratitude and a mix of emotions. Mother’s Day is filled with gifts, cards and sweet thoughts about Mom. For who else cares and worries about us 24/7 since the day we were born? Mom. Whether your mom is a senior citizen or you are the mom, making mother’s day enjoyable for everyone is the point. Being a mother is a privileged, so instead of expecting the perfect gift, lets take a look at how to enjoy the day with those you love and that includes your sensory needy children. If you’re a dad or a significant other, then you might like these tips for making mother’s day sensory savvy for everyone.

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  • 6 Lightweight and Portable Sensory Tools

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    Bigger is better, right? Well, not always. Looking for lightweight or portable sensory tools or sensory equipment? Lamps, bubble tubes, fiber optics and other sensory items can be used for smaller areas or when moving from client to client as well as for setting up a small office sensory corner. You might want to set up a small sensory space in a closet or you may be considering a quiet area to relax. You can also use lightweight equipment if you work in a school or nursing facility and need to provide mini sensory sessions and want to move your equipment from room to room. Here are our top 6 picks for choosing the best of our portable sensory tools!

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