Sensory experiences

The sensory hub glasgow

 

A sensory rich environment can help with language development, cognitive skills, motor skills, problem solving and social interaction. Research shows that good quality sensory play builds neural connections in the brains pathways, which extends the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks.

As The Sensory Hub grows and develops organically, we hope to offer opportunities for families to network and share experiences along with using the fabulous sensory rich space we have created meeting the needs of all children under the age 4 years old or potentially older if there is a specific concern or sensory impairment.

 

There will be stay and play sessions, staff led activities, small group sensory sessions and networking opportunities eventually.

 

We will also hope in time to help signposting parents who may have concerns about their child’s development needs to local health professionals, charities and support agencies.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Sensory play

some children find it difficult to play

Sensory play means play that is not just enjoyable but active, engaging, stimulating using all aspects of a child’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing, balance and movement.

A sensory rich environment features a variety of different props to encourage the child to explore their exciting new environment, building their knowledge of the world as they investigate and explore.

As they do so, they process and respond to sensory information and their brain creates stronger neural connections.

This helps them to refine their understanding of different sensory experiences and in turn makes sense of the world around them. For example, some children find it difficult to play appropriately alongside others when there their environment is confusing for them.

  • Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways which in turn lead to the ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
  • Sensory Play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills and social interaction.
  • Sensory play aids in the developing and enhancing of memory function
  • Sensory play is great for calming an anxious and frustrated child
  • Sensory play helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, soft, hard etc, using all aspects

 

 

Getting it Right for Every Child

encourage the child to explore their environment

                                                                                                                                                                                                Children using our services are made to feel safe,  respected, nurtured and valued in line with Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)  the Scottish Government’s approach to supporting children and young people. 

This approach supports the eight wellbeing indicators, often referred to by their initial letters – SHANARRI.

Safe : The right to be protected from abuse, neglect and harm at home, at school and in your community.

Healthy: Help to keep healthy and to make choices which will give you the best physical and mental health.

Achieving: Support and guidance to learn, develop skills, and build confidence and self esteem.

Nurtured: Whenever possible you should live and grow up in a caring family setting even if not with your own family.

Active: You will have real opportunities for leisure activities, play activities and sport.

Respected and Responsible:This means you will be listened to, involved in decisions that affect you, supported and advised regarding your rights.

Included: Help in overcoming those things which make it difficult for you to get involved and helping

Using the Senses to learn

some children find it difficult to play

Sensory play means play that is not just enjoyable but actively engaging, stimulating a child’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing, balance and movement.

 

A sensory rich environment features a variety of different props to encourage the child to explore their exciting new environment, building their knowledge of the world as they investigate and explore.

As they do so, they process and respond to sensory information and their brain creates stronger neural connections.

This helps them to refine their understanding of different sensory experiences. For example, some children find it difficult to play appropriately alongside others when there their environment is confusing for them.

Our senses of touch, hearing, sight, taste, smell, balance and movement are the things that we use to gain new knowledge.

They work together as tools to build up our knowledge of a situation or an environment

All learning and growth happens when we bring together this information from all the senses and relate it to our past learning.

From birth through to early childhood, children use their senses to try to understand the new, exciting world around them. They are interested in everything – touching surfaces, putting things in their mouths, listening curiously to new sounds, moving their bodies.

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