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Sensory Modulation

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Sensory modulation approaches involve the provision of sensory-based resources or the creation of appropriate environments that engage client’s senses in different ways to reduce the build-up of stress. (Haimowitz et al., 2006).

Research has shown the positive outcomes of sensory-based strategies on self-perceived levels of stress.

When we are well we naturally seek out the activities we need to function at our best. Choosing to have a coffee in the morning, walk the dog before work or having a hot shower are all ways we may help wake ourselves up for the day.

During the day we may listen to music, take a walk outside or have a crunchy salad for lunch to keep ourselves feeling alert and able to focus on what have to do.

Similarly, we may choose wind down activities such as dim lighting, light an oil burner or read a book to help us wind down for sleep.

We all have sensory preferences and a different threshold for filling our cup. Being aware of how to fill your sensory cup is a great way of managing stress. If you have a big activity cup then exercising regularly will help you feel calm and alert. Likewise, if you have a small cup of auditory stimuli finding a quiet space to do concentration tasks will help you complete the tasks with more mental focus.

If you are wanting to know more about your sensory preference, please fill out the survey attached or book into seeing an occupational therapist for a specialised assessment.

Download the Sensory Preferences Checklist

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