One unique aspect of our studio is that we incorporate opportunities for tactile sensory play into our weekly themes. Many of our artists have notable hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to tactile input in their daily lives. Therefore, we include projects and the activities on our “sensory table” that can promote a greater tolerance for textures that might make us uncomfortable or provide textures that kids may seek out and neeeeeeeeeed to touch. Seriously, have you ever played with kinetic sand or oobleck?
We think it is important that our artists are exposed to messy, sticky, wet, rough, slimy or powdery media. These textures are all present in our daily lives, and if we have the opportunity to play with them in this controlled environment (art room), then we can work on our impulsivity to touch, avoidance of touch, and overall tactile sensory integration.