Bridgend Day Centre

Bridgend Day Centre caters for the needs of people with learning disabilities, giving them access to education, training, and a range of creative and therapeutic activities. Following on from our work with the Touch Trust and Rhondda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence, we created a bespoke training programme for the Day Centre and set up a camera/projector system in the Sensory Studio and the Touch Room. The first part of the training introduced Gestural Interaction through: Background Research
, using ReacTickles
 to establish cause and effect, and encouraging the use of Tools For Touch, in order to generate confidence in Direct Support Assistants and other staff in using our technologies. We then referred to video testimonials and started to explore Somantics, whilst at the same time learning about the benefits of Body Schema & Mirrors and Gestural  Communication. Finally, we looked at Staging The Action: how to set up a simple system – anywhere!
 Although we were running short of time, I briefly introduced Creative Movement: body awareness, weight, space, rhythm, moving with others, and provided the Day Centre with written documentation that explains how to encourage creative movement in adults with profound learning difficulties. We left and camera system at the Day Centre for a week, which they have been able to set up themselves and explore in their own time. The Feedback and documentation is available on request.

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