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I designed this intervention for a client who is limited in their 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 competence. I feel strongly that no matter how limited a person may present, we may truly never know what is happening inside their mind.

I’ve used many songs to support this intervention and usually go with the client’s preferred choices. Here are a few you can try!

  • “Coconut Moon” by The Green Chili Jam Band
  • “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
  • “Day-O” by Harry Belafonte

Once the song is going, I bring out the materials to explore with the client. It’s exciting to see what piques the interest of a child’s mind, and in this intervention, there is a lot of space to do just that. While exploring these materials, I often ask questions about how they feel, what feelings they bring up, and what memories are associated with them.

  • Sand
  • Seashells
  • Rainstick
  • Ocean Drum
  • Thunder Tube
  • Rupal/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 allow them to explore materials they may not have as much access to.

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

Kate

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