Many adults who suffer from developmental disabilities relate to concepts differently and can learn more successfully when things are presented in simply a different way. They often benefit from various sensory stimulation activities, which we are pleased to offer at Renaissance through our unique Signature Touches program! These activities – available for both home care recipients and those who attend adult day care – are specialized to ease symptoms and promote wellness of developmentally disabled adults. Let’s take a closer look at exactly how sensory activities for developmentally disabled adults can be beneficial.
The Benefits of Sensory Stimulation Therapy
There are a variety of chronic conditions that may arise from developmental abilities, including vision and hearing problems, as well as mental disorders. Sensory stimulation therapy exercises, however, have been formulated specifically for the learning and comprehension aspects. These exercises work the mind, muscles, and emotions.
Often, the result is an enhancement in mental growth, as well as cognitive and adaptive abilities. But, even more than that, the progress can lead to a significant improvement with regard to emotional well-being. It is often frustrating to not understand things in the way that others do. Experiencing and seeing one’s own progress can be an affirming occurrence that many developmentally disabled adults really need.
Sensory Activities Available Renaissance Home Care Recipients
The wide array of therapeutic recreation activities for adults with developmental delays is just one of the ways that Renaissance sets itself apart as a provider of home care services in NYC. Sensory activities for day care clients and home care recipients may include:
- Playing music and having them clap to the beat and tap their toes. Not only is this beneficial for teaching patterns, but for movement coordination.
- Filling a bowl with different dry ingredients (such as dried beans or large grains) and having them separate the different materials into different bowls. This also helps visual recognition of likeness and unlikeness and improves the categorization function.
- Using colored paper to fold, draw on, make designs, and otherwise shape into simple items, such as boats, fans, and airplanes. By stimulating creative centers in the brain, paper crafts can jog memories and improve dexterity.
- Collecting rocks to be painted in therapeutic designs and colors. Some may divide the rocks into unique categories with criteria of their choosing. Others may paint designs and intend for the rocks to interact with each other in some meaningful way.
- Collecting fresh flowers to be pressed between notebooks to make pressed flower art.
Renaissance implements a number of great activities for developmentally disabled adults, and our caregivers have noticed real changes. From improvements in cognition to an increase in self-confidence, the home care recipients of Renaissance continue to benefit from these kinds of sensory stimulation activities and we’re pleased to introduce these service!