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Felt Stories with Special Guest OT Carolyn Fitzgibbon
October 31, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
One event on February 22, 2019 at 11:00am
It is so important that our kids are touching and handling materials that aren’t plastic. In this workshop, we will come together to create felt storyboards that can be used in free play and storytelling for all ages! The beauty of this workshop is that the sensory storyboards double as a pocket to house your felt characters. This means they are perfect for long trips and holidays!
As a very special bonus to this workshop, we will have Occupational Therapist and author, Carolyn Fitzgibbon talking to us about sensory development. Carolyn will be taking us through the 8 senses (yep, there are 3 others), the concept of sensory processing, and sensory modulation. She will also talk to us about how we can create spaces to foster sense development and why this is so important for a child.
This workshop is open to parents and children of all ages- babies, toddlers, primary children- everyone is bound to get something helpful! Choose from pre-designed felt character themes; under the sea, jungle animals, farmyard friends or make up your own! If you have bigger kids, this is a great hands-on activity to help create the characters. If you have a baby, get your own hands busy whilst making and learning.
What you get:
All materials including special folder to keep characters safe
tea, coffee, cake
Special guest speaker
Who is this suitable for:
Babies and children of all ages
Parents/Grandparents/ Carers/ Educators
About Carolyn Fitzgibbon:
Carolyn is an Occupational Therapist currently working in private practice, specialising in mental health and Sensory Modulation. She is also the co-author of the Sensory Modulation Resource Manual.
Carolyn enjoys consulting on indoor and outdoor sensory and safe spaces and has been involved with projects to get spinning and swinging equipment into school’s playgrounds. She sees these as providing a way for children to regulate their emotions during the lunchbreaks, whilst also having fun with friends and building up their gross motor skills. She would also like to see the building of swings for adults so that there are more opportunities for this soothing activity!
Carolyn will speak about:
The 8 senses.
The 5 senses that we all know and another 3 senses – proprioception, vestibular and interoception.
What is Sensory Processing?
Sensory Processing is a term to describe the way our brains process the senses. This is important to understand because some people are very sensitive to some senses and other people can miss sensory information or seek sensory input out.
Why the senses are important to babies and children
Sensory input is crucial to childrens development. It is the building block of gross motor skills and emotion and social development.
What is Sensory Modulation
Sensory Modulation is changing how you feel through using your senses. This can include using our senses to feel calmer or wake ourselves up.
This is an event not to be missed- I am so looking forward to learning all the things I can do to help my child’s development! Please ask questions and share this event with anyone you think might benefit.