SENSORY ENGAGEMENT AND WELL BEING

Sensory Engagement for Mental Wellbeing

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We will learn simple sensory strategies that can be employed to improve the mental well-being of Sensory Beings, people whose primary experience of the world, and meaning within it, is sensory, for example individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

We also look at how these strategies can be extended to support our own well-being. At a time when we are considering mental health first aid for all it is important that we also turn our attention to those who are unable to access support through traditional means.

Research shows that the more disabled a person is the more likely they are to experience mental ill health, which means it is especially important that we look to be proactive in caring for the mental well-being of those likely to be at greatest risk.  

Ambitious and Inclusive Sensory Story Telling

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Sensory stories are a glorious paradox, so very simple, but with the capacity to open the world up, create connection, communication, a porthole through which we can enable people to explore, in a sensory way, the richness culture, history, art, and all the wondrous aspects of being human.

On this day you will learn:

Why we engage the senses, and how doing so supports cognition, communication, memory, learning, concentration, a person's ability to engage and connect, mental health and so much more.

How narrative permeates life, that a story is much more than a piece of light entertainment shared at bedtime, that stories are a part of our makeup, form our identity, underpin our relationships with each other, that stories can teach us, can enable access to different places and spaces, and can even support us medically!

The essential elements to a superb sensory story. 

Developing your Sensory Lexiconary

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Develop your sensory lexiconary and learn to use it to communicate with those who experience meaning in a primarily sensory way.

This course will teach you about the development of seven sensory systems and show you how to select and organise sensory resources in such a way as to engage Sensory Beings in conversations, whilst also supporting their mental well-being and developing their cognition.

Everyone is welcome on these days, but they are particularly suitable for; people who support individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities, people who are looking to use sensory communication with individuals in the later stages of dementia.