Spring Sensory Play

Dear Readers,

Motor planning and execution as well as cognitive-linguistic function can be developed through sensory modalities.

Sensory information is received from the environment through hearing, touch, taste, sight, and smell. The brain can repair itself through learning how to interpret and adapt to sensory information efficiently.

Below are some examples of forms of sensory input I have used within the geriatric setting. Speech-language pathologists should provide a repetitive and structured treatment approach to promote optimal benefit and learned self-regulation.




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Research has shown a significant decrease in self-injurious behavior, and an increase in sustained attention/mental awareness, and an overall improved positive behavior and engagement following implementation of multi-sensory intervention for students with special needs. Multi-Sensory Intervention Observational Research

In 2010, researchers sought to determine the short-term effects of multi-sensory stimulation on persons with dementia related to cognition, mood, and behavior. Results indicated increased spontaneous speech, executive function/task initiation, and alertness following multi-sensory therapy.  A randomized controlled trial of the effects of multi‐sensory stimulation (MSS) for people with dementia

What are you using in your therapy room to stimulate patients?


Best regards,

Brittany Stanford, M.A., CCC-SLP


“Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.”

Psalm 116:7

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