Creating A Sensory Integration Room

With Sensory Integration becoming a popular topic of conversation, we thought that we’d create a handy blog post to talk you through everything you need to know about Sensory Integration; what it is, what it means, and the process of designing/creating a Sensory Integration room – working through our recent case study at More Rehab!

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The Importance of Social Skills

Why are social skills important?

Social skills are the foundation of our lifelong journey for personal development.

They help us build friendships, share our thoughts and ideas and evolve our sense of self, all whilst we grow our personal confidence. Laying down the foundations for a happy, enriching and supported life.

Although many people struggle with their social skills, especially ‘neurodivergent’ people with special educational needs, disabilities, or autism. This is because social structures are typically centred around neurotypical people, and feature lots of unspoken rules and practices that can take a while to learn, understand and adapt to.

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The Wonderful World Of Fidgets

Why you might have heard of fidgets

Fidgeting is a physical effect of our brain’s natural reaction to the world around us.

We might feel our feet unconsciously drumming along to the beat of our favourite song, a rush of unwelcome anxiety when navigating a new place, or spiking nerves when we are under pressure to meet a tight deadline.

Fidgety moments are a feature of our daily lives. They can happen at different times and can affect us in lots of different ways. Some can be seen as positive (jumping up and down with excitement), whilst others are perceived more negatively (ants in your pants wriggling about on your seat).

Finding ways to productively channel our fidgeting has become a subject of exploration for many ingenious minds. Rooted in sensory, it’s a topic of discussion that has even recently broken into mainstream focus (see the 2017 fidget spinner frenzy!). Which is why we thought that it’d be a good idea to dig into the wonderful world of fidgets, and why they’re an ingenious force for good.

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Sensory & Nature: The Importance Of Outdoor Play

There’s a reason why the concept of sensory is firmly rooted within nature. Gardens, beaches, woods and parks are all wildly vivid sensory environments for us to experience and explore.

Whether that’s the ticklish feeling on the soles of your feet when walking across grass, a cool sea breeze blowing through your hair, or the shining sun warming up the skin on your arms. Nature is perhaps one of the most important parts of our sensory existence, an environment for us to connect with ourselves and our senses.

It’s also great for our health and mood. Sunlight and exercise increase our levels of serotonin, which help us feel happier and relaxed.

So, to extend the sensory excitement of the outdoors, we thought that we’d share some of our top picks for creating an outdoor sensory extravaganza!

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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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