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8 May 2017

This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week. How can Sensory Equipment help those with a brain injury?

by Alexandra Hooson

Brain injuries are injuries to the brain caused by trauma to the head, triggered by a variety of incidents, such as car accidents, falls, assaults, complications at birth and many more.

Depending on the injury depends on the effects the person will suffer from the trauma. The type of injury, location and severity all have a factor in what the injury does.

Multi-Sensory Environments can provide a huge impact on an individual with brain injury. Creating a soothing and relaxing environment and getting in touch with their senses can have an impact on the healing process of the brain.

Removing the individual from a busy environment full of stressful noise and lights and replacing them with gentle lighting, calming sounds and healing aromas within a sensory environment can impact dramatically on the persons healing and mental state of mind.

A variety of sensory solutions are available and depending on the individuals level of head injury depends on the most suitable sensory equipment.

Sensory integration is the most commonly used sensory therapy used under these circumstances as, it encourages the user to interact, control and manipulate one’s environment.

Sensory integration activities assist in the development of the vestibular and proprioceptive senses. These senses provide information on movement, awareness of body and changing of directions. Sensory integration therapy is where uses perform activities that combine sensory input with motion to improve the ability of the brain to process sensory information.

Some sensory products for helping those with a brain injury include: