I have never been able to travel light. I am a ‘just in case’ type of person and so tend to over estimate what I might need. The time I spend rummaging in my bag is a constant source of amusement to my family. They call it my hobby! Being an Occupational Therapist, based mainly in the community, presents a particular challenge for me. What can I possibly afford to leave behind? To which I usually answer…. not much.
Transforming a blank space into a Sensory Integration room is no easy task, it involves a lot of creative thinking, imagination and planning due to the sheer amount of limitless options! We encountered this very situation when creating our unique space some four years ago now and if things go to plan we will be embarking on another journey to create even bigger and better Sensory Integration facilities in the near future (watch this space!).
To think it was only a year ago when my sensory world was turned upside down. Up until then I had only a very basic understanding of Sensory Integration and the difficulties it can cause in everyday life. Now you can’t shut me up about it.
Being an Paediatric Occupational Therapist I often get the impression that both children and adults alike love visiting our sensory space. At our clinic space we get endless amounts of comments about how ‘magical’ the sensory room is, and how people would just ‘love to take it home’ and I always tell people, we’ll you can! This often leads to me asking ‘well, whats your sensory space?, what sensory sanctuary would you choose over all the others’. It was just yesterday when a young lady was laying in the Buddy Boat swing filled with white pearl like Ball Pit Balls. As she submerged herself under the balls it resembled the most tranquil of bubble baths. Her expression said it all, that was definitely her ‘sensory space’. I must be honest, I know exactly how marvellous it feels as I’ve spent some time in the Buddy Boat surrounded by the ball pit balls a few times myself. You can picture it now, after a day of therapy sessions filled with fun, laughter and endless amounts of energy I love to take a few minutes in this comforting bubble bath myself. Just as satisfying and relaxing is the Sensory Shaker, although its name ‘shaker’ suggests that it may not be the most calming, this isn’t true. The Sensory Shaker is an oversized bag that, when filled with balls, it provides sensational tactile input. Without movement, the Sensory Shaker provides a small, enclosed den, the perfect sensory space.