The Sensory Workshop titled “Taking Part in Everyday Activities Living with Sensory Differences” is an evidence based Occupational Therapy intervention for parents/carers of children/young people referred to the service with sensory issues. Children/young people can have sensory sensitivities, movement and co-ordination difficulties, reduced concentration, low self-esteem impacting on their function and participation levels in occupations of self-care, education, play/leisure.
The Workshop will be conducted by Band 6 staff. Band 3 and 4 staff will assist in the setup of the room and preparation of workshop forms, and elements of workshop such as equipment demonstration etc.
The child/young person will have a named therapist.
The Workshop is run on a regular basis throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde sectors of North East, North West, South, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire. The Workshop venues are currently run in Health buildings during the day and last for 90 minutes. Families will have access to the same workshop content regardless of where they attend the workshop.
The Workshop is a practical approach where parents/carers come to the workshop to increase knowledge of sensory processing, to help the child/young person’s participation and function. This consists of interactive sessions with parents/carers using a video to explore sensory systems, interactive activities using sensory equipment and discussion with therapists, also networking opportunities for parents/carers, utilising a coaching role from therapists to encourage self-management as evidence shows that this approach is an effective occupational therapy intervention (Dunn et al 2012). Qualitative evidence has been gathered from parents/carers through positive parent feedback from current workshop evaluation forms some examples of feedback are as follows:-
“I found this really helpful and got some sensory issues discussed and techniques to cope with these”.
“fantastic workshop very understandable in all aspects from start to finish”.
The added value of the workshop is further information on sensory development and sensitivities, parental networking, speaking to a therapist, further strategies, equipment demonstration, specific advice, support in making a plan and goal to support the child/young person’s participation levels.