Multi-Sensory Intervention- Summer Theme!

This is an intervention that was inspired by a few things. A client that I was working with had just gone on vacation to a lovely warm beach. I decided for her next session we would do a “reminiscing” intervention of beach time. Also, how can you not feel good after singing calypso, dreaming of beaches, and touching sand!?


I designed this intervention for a client who is limited in her communication, physical skills, and responses to stimuli in general. One of the most important things I was told while I was in school was to always assume competenceI feel strongly that not matter how limited a person may present, we may truly never know what is happening inside their mind. My current goal for this client is to promote engagement (usually evident by slight smiles, eye contact, and alertness).

Here’s a video of the song that I’ve used, called “Mary Ann” by the Islands Merrymen. I end up substituting a lot of words, sometimes all, in the verses for the particular client. It has some pretty interesting verses throughout, some inappropriate for kiddos. I like to create verses that describe what the client is currently doing to bring the intervention into the here and now.

For the following materials, I sing one chorus and one verse for each one listed (I usually limit the intervention to 5 materials), with the verse focused on describing the current material and/or what the client is doing/how they are responding to it.

  • Sand
  • Seashells
  • Rainstick
  • Ocean Drum
  • Thunder Tube
  • Rupals/Rocks
  • Wind Chimes
  • Spray Bottle of Water (spray up in the air so the water “falls”)
  • “Beach” Scented Candle

Interventions that can stimulate a variety of senses have the potential to reach clients who may have limited responses to single-sensory interventions. For many clients who may be sensory-deprived, this is a great way to give them the opportunity to explore materials they may not have as much access to as a peer without limitations.

If you try this intervention, shoot me a comment or email and let me know how it goes!


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