I am on a mission to share the love! By offering FREE sensory workshops to local charities and organisations – starting in Newcastle, Co. Down.
Sharing the love of Sensory Play with babies and children in families, in schools and groups. That is pretty easy, very often groups and organisations, through their fabulous staff training and experience, are very aware of the developmental benefits and learning that take place during sensory play – all I have to do is bring along all of my fabulous resources, to Stay and Play Workshops set them up in inviting and stimulating ways and let the children do what they do best, play. Simple!
But what about the families and carers who haven’t had training, who haven’t experienced the joy of children engaging in sensory play?
What about the families and carers who are struggling with the many trials of life, work commitment, large family, no family, financial constraints, health issues including mental health, social issues, learning difficulties, first time parents, foster and adopted parents, time poor, low in self esteem and confidence to name a few – the list goes on. How do these families cope with their daily lot in life, and still manage to love and care for their young children?
Very, very well is how!!!
We are blessed in our nation to have a comprehensive (albeit flawed) health and social care provision, alongside the countless organisations and charities; we have a wealth of expertise and services in our communities to support families through all eventualities; it may not always be abundant or present at the right time, but there none the less in some capacity.
What does this have to do with Sensory Play?
I truly believe, and there is a lot of evidence to support this; that strong, healthy, self-sufficient adults are born of strong, healthy attachments in infancy and childhood. Children who are afforded the opportunity to play with engaging and stimulating materials at their own rate and direction, in safe environments, provided by nurturing parents and carers, are well on their way to developing these strong attachments!
How do we do this?
Let the children play!
Give parents and carers the tools, resources, materials, ideas, activities, time and space (whatever you want to call it!) to make this happen.
So this Summer, All Of Me Sensory will be reaching out to local organisations, services, charities and groups, who already work supporting families; and offering a FREE PLACE in every All Of Me Sensory Workshop!
Pop over to the Facebook Page for detail of events.
So far, places have been offered in Newcastle, County Down to MyMy. MYMY provide a number of community services to raise awareness of suicide and depression related incidents in our local community. Also to Rethink with Play Therapy, Play therapy is for children what counselling and psychotherapy is for adults. Homestart, Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face, supporting parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
The recipients of these FREE sessions will obviously remain confidential.
There are several more organisations and services on my hit list, more details to be confirmed, including health visitors, Social Services, Sure Start etc.
Help me share the love – share All Of Me Sensory with people and organisations who might benefit from learning and experiencing ways to play and engage with children!
If you are interested in arranging your own sensory session check out Services page and send a wee message below