This tutorial will show you how to make your own weighted blanket - sensory friendly for SPD and other sensory sensitivities.
This is a reminder folks. The telethon is this weekend. Come out. Donate. Show your support!
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014
Registration starts at 8:30 am
Games from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
For an application form or for more information, please contact Courtney at email@example.com or call
416-699-7167 x 252
Young people with varied levels of ability are invited to register to be participants in this inclusive event.
The Canadian Deafblind Association hosted a unique opportunity to join in a Handsmatter Workshop with Guido Dettoni, multidisciplinary artist and creator of the Deafblind Shape.
Through his work in the arts and the Deafblind Community in Europe, Guido has developed a collective creative process known as Handsmatter. During this process, a person who is deafblind and his/her Intervenor share a piece of malleable wax. Together their four hands shape the wax with no conscious intention to form something specific. The Intervenor is blindfolded throughout the activity and is focused on following the lead of the person who is deafblind, supporting the process but being sensitive to expressions of independence. At the end of the process, the shapes that were created will be the imprints and testimonies of the emotions and sentiments experienced in the shaping of the matter. Handsmatter offers Intervenors an innovative channel in their communication and a new avenue of investigation and empathetic sharing which is emotional, psychological and aesthetic. The shapes are considered a tactile-emotional bridge between the world of those who are deafblind and those who are sighted and hearing.
Normally, the brain effortlessly coordinates balance through input from three body systems:
Vision: The eyes send key signals to help determine where the body is in space, whether it’s moving, and, if so, in what direction.
Proprioception: Sensors in joints, muscles, and the skin provide information on spatial body movements and positions.
Vestibular System: Located in the inner ear, it consists of three curved, fluid-filled tubes, called semicircular canals which are located in right angles to each other. When the head moves, the fluid in these structures sloshes around, sending the brain messages about the direction and speed of rotation in all three dimensions. Where the semicircular canals meet, there’s another region known as the vestibule (made up of two chambers: the utricle and the saccule), containing a jelly-like layer and tiny calcium crystals. Tilting the head or body against gravity makes the crystals shift, which triggers signals about side-to-side or up-and-down movements - a bit like a carpenter’s spirit level.
Taken word for word from the article by Eva Chanda in June 2007 issue of Good Times, p 29.