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Multi-Sensory Environment Creation: An Interesting Virtual Assignment

I find the business of being a Virtual Assistance Provider very exciting. I have worked for 30 years in line function as an engineer, supply chain manager, a management consultant and trainer but there is nothing to beat this constantly challenging and learning business. There was some predictability in the assigments I handled in industry but you just can’t say what will come your way in this VA business!

One fine day, I found myself assisting an art director of a childrens theater in UK in writing a book about creating a multi-sensory environment for special children with challenged abilities.

The idea was to create a set to convert a room or an area in the school into a place where the perception of the senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch will be hightened so that even those children who have difficulty in perception in these faculties will be able to have a delightful experience. All this had to be done using simple day to day inexpensive material available in homes and schools like cardboard boxes, newspapers, paint, curtains and whatever you could lay your hands on.

The purpose of the book was to equip the teachers of the special schools with the skills of setting up such an environmental place with a step by step guide. In each chapter we had to give an overview of what we are going to do, list the equipment needed, how the set will be erected and lastly relate each sensewise the experience as if you are there  with the children.

I had never done anything creative in my life, let alone design a multi-sensory environment.

We began by exploring the internet with information on the subject and soon found sites offering theatre props and material which gave us idea of what to use and how to find its substitute inexpensive and available material. We had a great and exciting learning experience and were finally able to write chapters simulating environments like  rain forests, snow queens castle, musical forest, garden pond, rotary clothes line and umbrella tent.

Imagine the children squealing with pleasure  and the teachers enjoying  in an environment of cool mist, myriad of coloured lights, sounds of birds and flowing water and getting to smell and feel pine wood chips  under their bare feet as they go into the room full of surprises! And after their intial excitement is over, sitting by the pond and listening to their teacher tell them stories in that magical environment.

Yes, sometimes being a provider gives you a great pleasure of creativity and makes you feel truly fulfilled.
 


 

 


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