Sensory Experience Exhibition

Think with the whole body. As this quote says, we use our five senses to see, hear, taste, smell and touch to learn and experience with the environment. This learning happens on a continuum. In addition to the five external senses, the senses pertaining to Movement, Balance and their awareness plays a pivotal role in the learning process. As a child grows from infancy to adulthood, the experiences using the above senses get refined and integrated for further interactions. Sensory integration is a continuous process which spans across the growth and development of an individual. Any lacuna or deficit can manifest as an impediment for the normal functioning and co-existing with the environment. As children, using the aforesaid senses involves play , play and only play… Play which is fun, directed towards satisfaction, uninhibited, provides an appropriate ground for learning and later reinforcement. When children lose out on their formative years, the benefits and outcomes of developmental play can lead to gaps in learning. This brings in the role of Therapists and Educators to facilitate the bridge between play and learning so as to make it a smoother and enjoyable process. Not to undermine the role of parents, sensory integration begins at home. Sensory integration can be achieved using the materials easily available at home through functional activities. Parents can unleash their creativity using the simple materials and facilitate imparting various experiences right at their homes. It goes unsaid that this is done with a great agenda of ONLY FUN… Lets not forget that  “The senses are the ones we trust first, last and always”. On 23rd and 24th of September 2016 Mirra turned into a “home” – exhibiting and demonstrating activities of daily living that deal with senses, home being the environment where the components of these senses can be made aware and practised. The objectives of this exhibition were:
  • To demystify approaches to sensory integration
  • To explore opportunities of engaging and communicating with children
  • To establish the functional relevance of sensory activities.
Parents, special educators and therapists who visited the exhibition observed, participated and drew a plan to integrate these activities into the routine of their child/chidren. They were taken on a tour beginning with a briefing on the efficacy of sensory integration, then familiarizing with a series of home-based activities and lastly coming up with new ideas to implement with their own child/children.    Children learn and become aware of their environment using the senses. The refinement of senses is the key to thinking. These sensory needs are to be experienced and manipulated repeatedly “so that the brain adapts and functions with benefits in learning and reacts appropriately with the external environment”.