Sensory Being for Sensory-Beings is a new book by Joanna Grace, read her guest post to find out more about her book and how it may benefit you.
Sensory-being for Sensory Beings is about how to create and share entrancing sensory moments with people of all abilities.
Sensory-being can be thought of as a sensory mindfulness. It is defined as: the enveloping of natural presentness and awareness in an unfolding sensory moment.
A Sensory Being is anyone whose experience of the world, and meaning within it, is primarily sensory, for example people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, some people on the autistic spectrum, people experiencing the later stages of dementia, newborn babies and many others with conditions or syndromes that mean the sensory world is their world.
Wonderful shared sensory moments do not need to be expensive, with the right knowledge and the willingness to be a little bit creative or to improvise a little, inexpensive everyday items can become sources of shared sensory wonder. You will find examples of such experiences within the book and in the associated content online.
To create and share a moment of sensory-being with a Sensory Being you need to know what sorts of sensory stimuli are most likely to engage a person. Sensory-being for Sensory Beingslooks at seven sensory systems: the famous five conscious senses and two more subconscious senses, those of vestibulation and proprioception which inform of our bodies movement, balance and whereabouts.
For each of these sensory systems the book details experiences likely to engage, and also experiences likely to help people feel calm and feel connected to others. Did you know for example that the colour red is often the first colour tone we are able to perceive in our lives and also often the last? Or that the smell of your own pheromones is deeply calming to your nearest and dearest and that there are ways you can offer them that reassurance without being present?
Sensory-being for Sensory Beings also guides you through how to set up and facilitate moments of sensory-being not just for Sensory Beings but for you as well, as we all benefit from time spent in the present moment.
The ideas and experiences described in the book were test driven by a team of 25+ Sensory Being consultants who not only informed the writing of the book but assisted 26 sustainable design students in the creation of new sensory resources. The book is enriched with insights from over 40 other parents and practitioners making it a very practical and accessible read.
Reading this book will give you a greater understanding of the sensory world and show you how you can choose experiences to share with one another in ways that support you in feeling calm, connected and enjoying each others company.
Further insight into the sensory world and sensory conversations can also be gained by attending the Sensory Lexiconary which looks at how we can develop our own sensory vocabulary and use it to share sensory conversations with Sensory Beings.
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