Sensory Play in the Medical Setting: A Messy Necessity
Children learn through sensory experiences. The medical environment is full of sensory experiences, but most are not pleasant. Child life must provide pleasant sensory experiences for children in the medical setting. The challenge comes in providing sensory experiences while navigating obstacles such as small spaces and sensory overload. This presentation will identify ways sensory play can support a child’s learning, ways children seek and process sensory information, and how to incorporate sensory play into interventions.