Sensory Needs

To feel safe and secure, we all need to feel we have some awareness of, and control over, what happens around us. For people with profound sensory impairments, such as being deaf and blind, this can be more challenging but no means impossible. Yarrow draws on all the individual’s remaining senses to represent certain messages - for example, burning citrus may represent the fact that it is Monday, whilst the smell of incense tells them it’s Tuesday. We also use numerous tactile objects of reference to communicate - for example, a leather wristband may tell them you’re a particular carer, while a beaded bracelet tells them you’re another carer. It is this approach that enables us to work towards encouraging people to express their interests, skills and dreams – which they are then able to act upon with Yarrow’s support.