In this mini course I will take you through the sensory aspects to why some people may find mealtimes and eating difficult if they have Sensory Processing Difficulties.
I will also help you to understand these reasons for your specific child or the person you support. I will also share ways we can support the journey of understanding and encouraging food choices regardless of age and what we need to consider before beginning that journey.
The last section will also share some sensory play and activities which can help to develop the skills needed to support children & adults.
Designed for parents, family members, care staff and other professionals whom it might be of interest.
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StartSensory - lets consider why our senses are involved (10:14)
StartUnderstand - it important we can understand why someone may have difficulties (12:25)
StartSupport - where to begin with mealtime and eating support (10:58)
StartSensory ideas & activities (8:25)
StartEating difficulty Downloads
StartHow was the course?
Born and raised in Devon, I founded Sensory Spectacle in 2014. Originally from the field of Graphic Design, I was captivated by the autistic sensory world whilst working in a centre in West London that supports children and young people with complex health needs and disabilities.
Throughout the 7 years I worked there I set up a sensory toy library, qualified as a regional Makaton tutor & trained the staff to support sensory needs of the children. Alongside my work, I completed my Masters degree in Art & Science from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London receiving a distinction for my immersive installations focusing on the autistic sensory world. My experience and understanding of Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD) inspired me to educate the public on how people with SPD may experience their surroundings and thus Sensory Spectacle was born.
In early 2016 I worked with Queensmill School in London to research and create the Sensory Dining Room training to teach, through experience, about sensory difficulties at mealtimes - this included a 3 course meal as well as environmental factors.
In 2022 The Wellcome Trusts' public engagement fund funded me to create the Sensory Supermarket as part of a larger research project with researchers from Oxford and Reading university.