60 Sensory Minutes
Children and young people often display considerable difficulties in terms of managing their sensory world, both in social and learning contexts. Children may be given labels – ADHD, Autism, Asperger, behaviour needs to name but a few – and a link within all these conditions is sensory difficulties. If children have sensory difficulties, this can impact greatly on their learning. It impairs on their working memory, executive functions, emotional regulation, ability to form and maintain relationships, fine and gross motor skills and language development. As practitioners, we need to develop more effective support systems and approaches to meet the needs of children and young people who have these sensory processing or integration difficulties.
The booklet in 60 Sensory Minutes explains sensory processing and integration issues in more detail, providing practitioners with useful checklists to identify difficulties a child may have. The resource also considers the role of the occupational therapist, strategies for schools at a whole-school level, classroom strategies and specific strategies. The practitioner is then provided with a series of practical and user-friendly activities, which are presented on a series of 60 laminated cards for ease of use and durability. Each card provides the facilitator with clear instructions and details of the resources they will need to have available or have prepared beforehand. The resources are divided into six key development areas as follows: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, communication skills, classroom skills and outdoor skills. Practitioners are encouraged to observe the development of children’s skills and refer back to the initial assessments they made using the checklists mentioned above.
60 Sensory Minutes is a highly effective resource for the nurture group and mainstream setting. It helps in the development of children and young people who can engage in healthy social relationships, who can pay attention, build their capacity to memorise and self-manage and understand themselves, and also who can relax as and when it is appropriate to do so. Promoting and developing children’s sensory skills can only serve to enhance their overall wellbeing and inclusion in both the social and learning contexts. Overall, the key aim of the resource is to promote the wellbeing of all children – not simply those who have additional or complex needs.
This publication is £60 including VAT.