Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sensory Kits in the Occupational Therapy Workshop!

The HALO Learning Center recently incorporated a class led by two Occupational Therapy students. These students are from Metropolitan Community College, and they are working toward completing their capstone projects. Because of this HALO and our youth have had the opportunity to learn about and apply occupational therapy.
In a recent workshop, the occupational therapy students helped HALO youth make Sensory Kits! Sensory kits are bags that can contain any type of object or material that can help relieve stress or teach someone to self-soothe. Youth were able to decorate their bags, then fill them with small stuffed animals, stress balls, pens with small journals, healthy snacks, and more. One interesting artifact included is called a fidget, a squishy ball that helps with focus.
Youth also made a sensory bag, which can act as a different form of stress ball. The sensory bags were ziplock bags filled with hair gel, glitter, and small beads or buttons with a variety of textures. After the bags are sealed and glued shut, youth can roll them around in their hands to feel the different textures. This is meant to help with focus and calming.
To see the different sensory kits and sensory bags made by HALO youth, scroll through the pictures below!
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Decorating a sensory kit!

A glitter-filled sensory bag next to one youth's sensory kit.

A decorated sensory kit!

Work in progress! Lots going on as these youth create their bags.

One youth works on a hail gel-filled sensory bag.

Other components included in the creating of these kits.

Another completed sensory kit, including a healthy snack!
Glitter for a sensory bag!

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