For most persons with mental challenges, there is a problem when different parts of the brain have to work together. In these workshops we focus on technologies and tools related to one sense only to reduce information overload, leaving plenty of opportunity to pour creativity onto a basic framework. The idea is to lessen information overload as much as possible and help children find new ways to express themselves and communicate, unearth talent that might help them find a career and gain respect.

Jan Turner writes - Recent research indicates that not all ADD/ADHD symptoms fall into the genetic neurological, dysfunctional or disabled categories. Often children diagnosed as ADHD have experienced too much information in sound and picture images coming at them too rapidly for them to process. They are overloading their senses and are unable to understand what these images represent at this speed. As a result they develop an excessive build-up of energy in the brain that causes the synapses to “rapid fire” and change the chemical balance required to keep the brain functioning normally.

Focusing on each sense “one at a time” has been a proven methodology to teach children who are dyslexic and find difficult to work with all the senses together. Research is revealing that children under the age of eight only use one sense at a time to judge the world around them.

Since children have talents in different areas, for this workshop we invite artists with skills related to different senses -- vision, hearing, dancing, pottery...

For the eye, children are encouraged to use cameras, colorful objects, paint materials, etc. We try to keep the other senses as quiet as we can during this time.

For the ear, internationally acclaimed classical singer and teacher teaches children singing. Children are able to explore the use of their voices, and those with special talents are identified. We also explore how technology can help in learning singing, as well as other software that helps in the production of music.

For touch, computer, smartphone and iPad offer some possibilities, but we also encourage children for clay modelling, playing with colors.

Other References
  • Concentrating on one particular sense is an age old technique that enhances the capacities in one's brain. Hints to this technique has been reflected in yoga- at Pratyahara is the fifth limb of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga. "Prati" means away or against and "Ahara" means food or anything taken into ourselves. At pratyahara stage an individual's consciousness is internalized in order that the sensations from the senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell don`t reach their centers in the brain.
  • Strengthening the Foundational Senses and The Sense of Touch
  • (http://www.dyslexiavictoriaonline.com/lestavikidy.html