The Seismic Sensory Project



The Seismic Sensory Project is the fourth of The Sensory Projects and is currently live and will run from Sept 2018 through to Sept 2019.

Aim: 
To facilitate long term positive change for a setting, or an individual, through shaking things up a little!

The Project runs on a model of challenge, support and mentoring. Challenges are set and support is given to meet not only those challenges but also pre-existing challenges faced by that particular setting or person.

We aim to see the impact of the changing landscape ripple outwards to places beyond its original target creating far-reaching positive change.


The first setting. The Seismic Project is working in a school that provides for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
The first challenge set to this school relates to joy and engagement.
Support to meet the challenge is being provided by The Best Medicine and Jo Grace of The Sensory Projects.
Pre-existing challenges of practitioner isolation and paperwork burden have been identified and support has been provided to lessen the impact of these.

The first individual. The Seismic Project is working with a "closed off" octogenarian who has spent their entire life in institutions and has no family left to advocate on their behalf.
The first challenge set has been to research through archived records and networked conversations with staff who this person was when they were first placed in care and how they express their joy and sadness in their current state of being. Once this groundwork is in place we will look to gently change the environment around this individual in the hope of incubating a potential future engagement and responsiveness.

The first setting/individual combination. The Seismic Project is working with a mainstream school as they seek to better include a child with a moderate learning disability. 
The first challenge set has been to establish a work routine for the child combined with high expectations of their academic capacity.
Pre-existing challenges of how to respond to certain behaviours and how to involve the child meaningfully in school events have been addressed. 

The first ripples.
On hearing of the work of the Seismic Project in it's first setting a large adult care provider has committed to running it's own Seismic Project challenging its settings to increase sensory provision for their residents. 
There is the potential for settings associated with the first setting via a multi academy trust partnership stand to benefit from a streamlining of paperwork procedures and a greater connection to colleagues nationwide.

The Best Medicine has been investigating the use of laughter with children with profound disabilities and speaking to practitioners and families skilled in the support of these children to gain their insights into what laughter means for them. 

Opportunities for the isolated practitioner from the first setting to network at a National Event and via online communities have seen people further afield benefit from insight into the amazing inclusion work this particular practitioner has been doing, and has also given them the opportunity to hear ideas and insights from others. 
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