At Stourbridge we have had some new and exciting resources in our sensory room for all ages to explore. Sensory play encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. It helps to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of language and motor skills. Our brains use senses to help us manoeuvre in our surroundings and sensory play helps children develop them. The five most commonly known senses are taste, smell, sight, touch, and sound. Most sensory plays focus on stimulating the touch, sight, and hearing senses because they are most accessible.
A sensory room provides physical and mental stimulus for children with physical disabilities, developmental delays and sensory impairments. For children with physical disabilities, interaction with sensory stimuli can help them to develop their sight, sound, touch and hearing, as well as encouraging independence. Our personal experience of sensory rooms is also that they are amazing places for children who are still settling at Little Hands. Young babies often spend time here with their new key worker to build bonds and to reinforce feelings of safety.
What is the purpose of a busy board?
A sensory board or busy board is a fun, hands-on activity for all ages to help them touch, explore and learn about different objects all in one place. They have lots of developmental benefits too and are really easy to make at home with things you have to hand. Busy boards are a great sensory activity for babies and learning activity for toddlers through to preschool. They encourage Montessori inspired practical life skills, fine motor skills, and so much more. There are so many benefits of busy boards including independent play, self esteem, and concentration.
Our Textured Sensory Stepping Stones will help your child learn and concentrate by stimulating their senses. They can also improve verbal skills as you ask for them to describe the circles and point out their differences or how they feel to touch. These sensory stepping stones are an effective tool to add to any multi-sensory environment. Also, by placing them on the floor, they can help children with preconception, balance, coordination, orientation, posture and exploring their sense of touch.
The children can use our sensory tent, cool down spot and relaxation zone in a dedicated space in our sensory room that is calming and provides a quiet safe space for the children to regulate when they might be feeling a little overstimulated or just want to chill out for a little while. Your child will use our sensory room to build emotional connections, within themselves or with others. That might include processing emotions. Our tents are brilliant spaces to help to provide a sense of containment – they can be helpful for children with lots of different needs. They can be used for children to engage with adults, to have some relaxing time, to enhance sensory experiences, or to reduce environmental stimulation.