Many people with PMLD experience the world largely on a sensory level. Multi-sensory environments which tune into the senses can be great environments for developing someone's communication skills.
Multi-sensory rooms create a multi-sensory environment but there are many other exciting sensory opportunities around - for example, street markets or going to the seaside - anywhere where there is colour, smells, textures and new and interesting people. Art environments and activities can also provide many sensory opportunities, such as flamenco classes, drumming lessons, live music, pottery workshops and interactive story-telling workshops.
Her classmates help her join in... they particularly enjoy playing in the sensory room and soft play room together.
Art environments can be very useful learning environments as people who communicate non-verbally can be supported to express emotions and ideas through different art forms. In addition, art environments often provide an opportunity to work in groups. This encourages the development of useful social skills, such as taking turns, listening to others, eye contact and other forms of interaction. These skills form the basis of valuable and meaningful relationships.
Watch the Mencap DVD ‘In the moment' about the arts and people with PMLD. To order a copy email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7696 6900 (there is a charge for the DVD).
- Read Mencap's guide ‘The arts and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)'
- Find out about bag books which are large, simple, hard wearing books with sensory opportunities in them.