Multisensory and Mental Health

Senses are a central part of our lives. They wake us up in the morning, inspire us throughout the day, and help us get to sleep at night. They spark joy, colour and enjoyment into our existence.

Although, when our senses fall out of balance, our lives can quickly fall out of balance too.

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Supporting the Transition From Home-School to the Classroom

Annually one phrase calls an end to the summer holidays; much like marmite, it creates a polarising effect for whoever hears it. It is a love/hate relationship that causes excitement, anxiety and panic buying of new pencil cases for both students and teachers alike.

Back to school

Returning to formal learning environments after the long summer break can be a stressful concept for students. And the start of the 2020/21 school year is going to be uniquely stressful and overwhelming; especially for the 1.3 million children with special educational needs who might have found comfort in their relaxed home learning environments.

Not only will the normal 6 week summer break have lasted for an unprecedented 23 weeks, but students will also be returning to somewhat alien classrooms – new layouts, altered breaktimes and smaller class sizes, among other changes. Leaving few elements of normalcy for children to return to, making their transition back to school that bit more difficult. (more…)