This webcast will consider ‘Sensory Saturdays’, the sorts of activities you might do and why they are important. From the very earliest days we know that children find out about the world around them by using their senses.
This continues to be a very important aspect of development throughout childhood and beyond. We tend to think of five senses; vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell, these are often referred to as the external senses which can tune into information around us, process it and make sense of it.
There are many children who have what is described as ‘sensory impairments’ which affect their sight or their hearing or sometimes both. If your child has a sensory impairment and you are in touch with a teacher of the deaf or a teacher of visually impaired children.
They will have lots of great ideas to add to some of the suggestions in this resource. There are other children who have difficulties with other things linked to the senses, such as balance, being able to plan how to move around and overcome obstacles.
Some children find doing activities with their hands and fingers helpful. There are also children who can be over-sensitive to their environment and some who are under- sensitive. If you are getting to know what your child likes and doesn’t like, trying some sensory experiences can be very useful.