This case study describes the "sensory diet" that has been developed to meet thes sensory needs of students at Helen Allison School.
The speech and language and occupational therapy teams at the NAS Helen Allison School in Kent are using a co-ordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to meet the often complex needs of children with autism in their care.
This kind of innovation – ‘the sensory diet’ – has produced very encouraging results. Children are calmer, more focused and less distressed by the effect of the environment upon their daily lives. This approach has helped to remove "barriers to learning" and enables the students to engage and become more openly connected with their surroundings. Sensory intervention has had an impressive impact on improving the communication, interaction skills and motor skills of some of our most complex and ‘hard-to-reach’ children. Above all….they are happier!
References and further reading:
Ayres, J.A 1979 Sensory Integration and the Child. Western Psychological Services.
Bogdashina,O 2003 Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Grandin, T 1996 Emergence Labelled Autistic. Warner Books
Author: Corinna Laurie, Writ Trak & The National Autistic Society
Date added: 4th January 2012