Therapy eRehab - Sensory Impairments

Video 1 - Finding objects

Using a bowl of rice bury small household objects. With your eyes closed dig around and try to pick the objects out. As an extra challenge try to identify the objects before you open your eyes.

Video 2 - Light touch vs deep touch massage

Video 3 - Position testing

Sitting down with your eyes closed, ask a friend to move your strongest arm into a position. With your eyes still closed mirror the same position with your other arm. Keeping your arms in position open your eyes, are your arms held in the same position? 

Video 4 - Rice-bean bowl exercise

Put some rice or dry beans in a bowl. Using a pair of tweezer try to pick the individual grains up and transfer them to another bowl.
Tip: the smaller the beans are the more difficult it gets

Video 5 - Sensing temperature

In sitting with your eyes closed ask a friend/ carer to touch your bare arms. Try to sense and point to which area was touched. Does the feeling vary between your arms and with different locations touched? Are you accurate in sensing the area touched? Repeat the process as often as able.

Video 6 - Sensory re-education of textures

Look around your home and pick a variety of objects with differing textures. Rub them over both the palm and the back of the hand affected by sensory loss, or impairment. Make sure to go over the finger tips and sides of fingers as well. This will help to stimulate sensation messages to the brain. Close your eyes and see if you can guess what is being used. Try textures such as cotton wool, a flannel, velvet, hair brush/comb, tooth brush, a tooth pick, Velcro, fleece, a woollen jumper etc

Video 7 - Stereognosis Box

Select some smallish items from around your house. Put them in a box and cover with a pillow case (this is so you can’t see what you are touching). Reach your hand into the box, without looking and feel for an item. See if you can work out what it is just from how it feels in your hand. Is it heavy or light, smooth or rough? Manipulate it in your hand to try and touch every part of it to help you work out what it could be. Once you think you know the answer, pull it out and see if you are correct! You can make this harder, by putting small items in rice and then feeling around in the rice for the objects and trying to work out what they are before looking.

Video 8 - Functional UL tasks – applying hand cream

Therapy eRehab - Sensory Impairments