The importance of sensory support

Person using sensory tool

We’ve supported Vicky for almost two years now. She’s 21, loves her independence, and shares a flat with others in Edinburgh. She also experiences deaf-blindness.

Much of Vickys support is sensory, with touch and movement playing a crucial role in helping her communicate what she wants and needs.

Vicky prefers to communicate through touch sign. Its a method thats often used by people who have both a hearing loss and sight impairment. If youre interested in seeing this method of communication in action, visit Sense to watch this video.

Naomi has learned to offer support in a way thats meaningful to Vicky. She enjoys organising tactile activities, including:

Vibrations and music
Creating sensory images using a wide variety of materials
Baking and decoration using sprinkles and icing

What is deaf-blindness?

Being deafblind is recognised as a unique disability in its own right. It doesn't necessarily mean that a person is fully deaf or fully blind. Sensory activities support language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.

Everybody with a combined sight and hearing impairment connects, communicates and experiences the world differently. The approach to support will vary.

With the right support, you can lead a connected and fulfilled life. Explore our organisation