How it works, the science bit!

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Reducing anxiety and stress


Some of the textures are designed to recreate images of nature which are known to be soothing. When the texture is felt, different feedback or feelings are created, the blood flow to the outside of the brain increases, and hormones are released. The sensory needs can be met by one or more of these textures. By touching the board and finding new textures to explore the body is releasing dopamine, which is a “feel good, stimulating” hormone. The act of touch also produces messages through the nervous system which can then move blood in the brain away from the amygdala reducing anxiety and stress.

Calming and improves concentration

Calming and improves concentration While using the sensory pad people may feel calmer and more in control of their emotions. A calm mind can make learning easier and make better choices. They can feel more engaged and interested the world around them.

Improves hand control and small motor skills


By using your hands and fingers to touch textures you might like or give you a positive feeling you can improve your mood and your small motor skills. This can lead to better hand control for other tasks like feeding yourself or doing up buttons.

Helps memory building and retrieval


The tactile experience can also help in memory building, memory storing, and memory retrieval. By experiencing something different and new to you, you are building new pathways in your brain. The more pathways you have in your brain the more accessible routes your thoughts can take which makes brain aging and memory loss less noticeable. If your tactile sensors have been understimulated and that part of your brain has reduced its function it is possible to rebuild your sensitivity and the area of the brain it lives in.

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