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The Sensory Submarine

Sensory Activities to Empower Infant and Child Development

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Step aboard The Sensory Submarine, where we blend sensory exploration with compassionate expertise! Under the guidance of Grace Magennis, a devoted mother and occupational therapist, bolstered by Orla, an enthusiastic primary school teacher, our mission is to ensure that sensory play is inclusive and within reach for everyone.

SENSORY ACTIVITIES ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

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One to One Private Occupational Therapy

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As an OT I use a range of play based approaches to maximise a child's engagement, achievement and independence in activities of daily living, including at home, in school, in play, in leisure and in self care. I focus on the childs potential and strengths in order to help them achieve their goals and thrive. 

  • I offer one to one occupational therapy consultancy for children with additional needs in my clinic in Armagh

  • Observe child in play, discussion with parents

  • Provide tips and advice

  • Offer block of therapy following this- generally 5 week block to work on functional goals- examples- handwriting, fine motor skills, attention and concentration, dressing, toileting, sensory regulation, sleep, fussy eating

  • Tummy time one to ones also offered for babies pre-crawling and babies born with disabilities- involves parent consultation and tips/advice programme

“HELPING SMALL HANDS TO DO BIG THINGS”

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Tummy Time Sensory Play

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Join us for our advanced Tummy Time programme, designed by founder Grace, designed to infuse excitement into this important developmental stage! Our 3-week sessions are all about making Tummy Time enjoyable and stress-free, seamlessly blending it into your everyday routine. Each week brings a new adventure, from exploring "Under the Sea" to blasting off "Rocket to the Moon" and frolicking "Down on the Farm."

 

With a mix of sensory play, songs, stories, and interactive holds, our sessions are a blast for little ones. Whether we are bringing the fun to your doorstep across northern Ireland or providing you with one to one tummy time sessions on zoom

 

Plus, the benefits of Tummy Time go far beyond physical development – it's also a chance for bonding, improving visual skills, and hitting those big milestones like crawling and walking. Let's make Tummy Time a highlight of your little one's day!

“TUMMY TIME IS A POSITION FOR PLAY”
- Carly Budd OT

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Mobile Sensory Play Sessions 

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Join us for our monthly inclusive Sensory Play Session in Dungannon, led by Orla, a seasoned primary school teacher with over 10 years of experience and a passion for sensory play. With a background in speech and drama,

 

Orla delights in witnessing children explore and expand their imagination. These sessions, suitable for the whole family, cater to children aged 6 months and older, regardless of ability. Each session is themed and offers a delightful mix of messy play, movement games, sensory toys, a calm corner, stories, songs, and arts and crafts. Both Grace and Orla offer mobile services, catering to local community groups, schools, early years settings, and events. Grace focuses on schools, nurseries, and creches, while we also offer limited availability for Sensory Birthday Parties, where we bring the magic to your chosen venue and theme.

 

Join us for a sensory adventure where creativity and self-expression flourish!

“PLAY IS OFTEN TALKED ABOUT AS IF IT WERE A RELIEF FROM SERIOUS LEARNING. BUT FOR CHILDREN, PLAY IS SERIOUS LEARNING. PLAY IS REALLY THE WORK OF CHILDHOOD”
– F.Rogers

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Training and CPD Opportunities

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Explore our comprehensive Training and CPD Opportunities tailored for schools and early years settings, providing valuable insights and practical strategies for teachers, classroom assistants, and early years staff. We understand the importance of meeting the specific needs of your classroom and the children within it. Recent training sessions conducted in schools have covered topics such as 'An Introduction to Sensory Processing and Strategies to Support Children in the Classroom' and 'Pre-Writing Skills: Shifting the Focus from Handwriting to Developing Foundational Skills in the Early Years'. Our aim is to empower educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to create inclusive and supportive learning environments where every child can thrive.

"WORKING WITH CHILDREN ISN'T JUST ABOUT TEACHING THEM; IT'S ABOUT GROWING WITH THEM."

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