Everyone knows how much fun play dough can be; it’s a staple toy of almost every childhood. But the question is, can play dough be more than a children’s toy - can it be a therapeutic tool for aiding sensory development?
CLH Healthcare have found from independent studies that play dough can make a fantastic learning and play aid for children (and adults) with all manner of disabilities, from autism to sensory delay. Research has also suggested that it can be a fantastic tool for seniors living with dementia.
Play dough is a fantastic tool and a form of sensory therapy that every care home and respite facility should offer.
What are the benefits of play dough?
Kneading, rolling, flattening and punching the play dough provide the chance to relieve stress and reduce feelings of anxiety and worry, which can lead to children (and adults) with autism and other special needs feeling frustrated and acting out because of these feelings.
Boosts hand strength
Studies have shown that play dough can also help to refine motor functions, making it a fantastic play aid for helping to boost hand strength, as well as dexterity and coordination.
Makes a great learning aid
Play dough can be a fantastic tool for facilitating learning, from teaching shapes and numbers to colour and smells, play dough can be a fantastic aid for children and adults alike with special needs.
Acts as a social aid
Research has shown that sensory play using tools like play dough can help to aid social interaction. Many children with autism and other special needs struggle to interact with others, which is what makes play dough such a useful tool.
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