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The Sensory Submarine

Children's Occupational Therapy and Sensory Play Experiences to Support 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.

The Sensory Submarine's Sensory Play sessions are primarily in the wider Dungannon/ Coalisland Areas however we travel across Northern Ireland and delight in providing fun and developmentally appropriate play sessions for children and their families.  

CHILDREN'S OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND ENRICHING SENSORY PLAY ACTIVITIES ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND

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One to One Private Occupational Therapy

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As an Children's Occupational Therapist 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 child's strengths in order to help them achieve their goals and thrive.  I offer one to one occupational therapy consultancy for babies and children with additional needs in my clinic in Armagh. Following an initial consultation where the child is observed in play and various assessments and parent interviews are conducted I goal set alongside the parents and children to plan a fun and engaging programme to support their needs and help them to achieve their full potential!

Areas of focus and intervention include but are not limited to:

  •  Pre-writing skills and Handwriting

  •  Fine motor skills

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Attention and concentration

  • Dressing, toileting and self care skills

  • Sensory regulation

  • Sleep

  • Fussy eating 

  • Tummy time 

If you have concerns about your baby or child's development and would like to arrange a call to discuss how I can help you and your child, get in touch!

“HELPING SMALL HANDS TO DO BIG THINGS”

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Tummy Time Sensory Play

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Join us for our specialist Tummy Time Sensory Play programme, 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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