We use our 8 senses: visual, auditory (sound), tactile, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), vestibular, proprioception and interception, to help us perceive and understand the world around us. This is called ‘sensory processing’. It refers to the way our nervous systems and brains automatically absorb information and then organise it to decide how to react or feel.
For some children and adults however, this brain functionality isn’t as automatic as it perhaps should be. The brain recognises the senses but doesn’t respond or interpret them properly. This is called sensory processing disorder or SPD.
Your specialist SEN tutor can provide your child with holistic and bespoke 1:1 learning sessions at your own home or school. After developing an understanding of their specific needs, they will advise you on a number of effective strategies and interventions that they would like to try throughout the sessions. These will depend on the age of your child but some fun ideas include using sand to learn about letters or numbers, playing twister to learn spelling and sight-words, or illuminous light boards to teach phonics or spellings.
Absolutely. Your specialist SEN tutor may also be able to use their musical and creative talents to stimulate and excite your child to learn. Many parts of the English curriculum can be taught through drama, and for some children, this is an easier way for them to access their learning. Drama is also perfect for developing reading expression and fluency, and it can also be a powerful way to boost confidence and self-esteem. Lucy is a qualified SEN tutor who specialises in working with children with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Alongside her teaching qualification, she is also a certified coach and examiner at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She teaches English and Maths through a multi-sensory, immersive and creative learning approach and integrates music, drama, art and performance into her sessions. She mentions that, “I favour a multi-sensory and individualised approach to my teaching and am committed to unlocking the potential of each and every child in a supportive, nurturing and engaging way – through the use of personalised learning plans, individual targets and confidence-building skills. I am a highly adaptable and reflective practitioner and would describe my teaching style as fun, creative and hands-on. I offer active, learning-through-play sessions that follow the interests of a particular child and use my love of drama, music and story-telling to further explore these learning concepts and bring my sessions to life.”