Sensory processing & Wellbeing

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Promoting wellbeing through sensory based mindfulness This Christmas I was given a gift of the book ‘Your precious life- How to live it well’ by Shane Martin. Shane Martin is a psychologist based in Ireland who (like myself) was struck by how intervention and advice on wellbeing and positive living is […]

Creating a sensory friendly classroom

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As children settle into the school routine, differences in the way children process sensation may start to become more apparent to both parents and teachers. Some children may be overloaded with the amount of sensory information an average classroom provides. Others may not be getting enough sensory information to attend […]

Sensory Integration the natural way

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Opportunities for sensory play in nature A couple of weekends ago we were lucky enough to be invited by friends to beautiful Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland AND be blessed with clear blue skies all weekend! I was struck by the endless opportunities for multisensory play and adventure […]

Free play, what is it?

Free play children

I have talked a lot already, and shared articles on the benefits of play on a child’s physical, emotional and neurological development . Here is a recent post by the American Occupational Therapy association further explaining these benefits in case you missed me saying it! In particular I have a […]

Sensory issues and anxiety

Anxiety - Children

I am often asked about whether sensory issues are related to or can cause anxiety in children. My understanding of the issue (and the way I explain it in my workshops) goes like this… So I see it as a cycle that anxiety leads to sensory sensitivity which leads to […]

Emotional sensitivity

Emotional sensitivity

I came across this interesting piece of research examining the emotional reactions of people who were classed as ‘Highly Sensitive’ on the Highly Sensitive Person rating scale. The study concluded (among other things) that individuals who were more sensitive to sensation were also more attuned to others and greater responsiveness to […]