During lockdown we have been restricted in how we can use the mobile sensory bus to provide support to SEND children in Cheshire East. With the help of the creative team at TMC we have been able to create a virtual bus session that can be delivered by TEAMS or Zoom on a 1:1 basis or to small groups in schools or the childs home.
Our outreach team, Alison, Jill & Gee have developed a fun and interactive session, which we adapt to the needs of each child. Whether the session is being delivered in the home or classroom setting we ask the child/children be in a room with minimal distractions. Ideally the session should be delivered on the white board/laptop/tablet with the room lights dimmed and curtains closed with space for the child to sit and move.
In advance of the session we send the school or parents a resource list (click here) in advance to prepare for the session. We also send a small resource pack out to each setting (subject to stock availability) – see the photo at the end of this post.
The session lasts up to 45 minutes and explores the activity areas in the virtual sensory bus whilst the child/children use the resources available to them to participate during the session. We have included a short film of one of our sessions.
The purpose of the session is primarily for enjoyment. We want the child and the adults to have fun. The session will show the children and the adult about different pieces of sensory equipment, how to use them and if they help the child to focus, become more relaxed and ideally as a self regulation tool. We encourage children to create their own sensory toolkit or calm down kit to use at home or school setting that they can use at anytime.
School support staff training – we have produced a sensory processing workbook for school support staff to use and will provide training on this free of charge via Zoom or TEAMS, The training lasts for an hour and we would provide ideas and strategies on how to work with children who have sensory processing difficulities. If you feel your childs school would benefit please ask the Senco to contact us.
The bus can be seen on this virtual tour of Ruby’s Fund – if you walk through the main centre and out of the rear door into the sensory garden the sensory bus is there and you can look around it https://wearetmc.co.uk/rubys-fund-tour/
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