Sensory play is any activity that stimulates children’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and sound. Through sensory play children gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. Sensory play encourages discovery and independent thinking, as well as inspiring imagination and creativity. Sensory input that engages the proprioception sensory system (awareness of the position and movement of the body) can be particularly effective in regulating behaviour. Focusing on a sensory activity can help calm a child's anxiety.
Benefits of sensory play:
Sensory play can be very therapeutic and calming for children that may be very anxious or restless. There are a number of skills that can be developed through sensory play; imagination, fine and gross motor skills, social interaction, language development, problem solving skills, cognitive growth and self-control skills
Activities we would deliver during these sessions could include: