Last week I got the results of the assessments for the first part of my sensory integration course. Phew! I’d done enough. I’m so relieved because it wasn’t a walk in the park. It’s tricky studying on top of a full-time job. The second module starts in October and I’m thoroughly enjoying the break. The brain anatomy in today’s picture is completely wrong by the way. I know that now!
So I’ve learnt about how input from the senses travel to the brain, how this affects other bits of the body and what could go wrong. I’m also learning about how individual sensory preferences affect how we interact with the world and the people around us. It’s really fascinating and I’m now full of daily questions about what I observe and experience. Why is that man with dementia always saying that he is hungry even though he eats like a horse? Can I help a friend who is always covered in bruises because she bumps into things? What could I do differently so that I am less clumsy? Does that minimalist that I watch on YouTube avoid bright colours because of their sensory sensitivities?
Here’s a short clip from a 2010 Horizon programme that spurred me on to studying sensory integration in more depth. If you’re interested there’s more excerpts on YouTube. Contact me and I’ll send the links if you can’t find them. Healthy volunteers were placed in complete isolation in a soundproofed darkened room for 48 hours. The effects, even after a short period of time, are startling. Thankfully there is treatment for when the senses go awry. By the end of my course I’m hoping that I’ll be able to work out what has gone wrong and how it might be fixed! The idea that I might be able to alleviate distress is my motivation for picking up the textbooks yet again.