Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to continue to change long after development is complete.
Environmental Enrichment is the field of neuroscience where they explore the impact of enriched experiences on brain development and brain function.
Sensory Enrichment Therapy is a translation of Environmental Enrichment protocols used in the lab for families to implement at home.
In a study of 1,002 children who followed Mendability’s S.E.T., they improved on average by 15% on a scale of 0 to 5.
*The scale goes from (0)Non-functional to (1)Severe Problem to (2)Major Problem to (3)Minor Problem to (4)Maybe a Problem to (5)Not a Problem.
In that study, the children had the following diagnosis:
In randomized controlled trials conducted by the University of California, Irvine, children who added Sensory Enrichment therapy to their existing programs were 6X more likely to improve by 5 points or more on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS).
Remarkably, 21% of the children in the Sensory Enrichment group moved up by one whole diagnostic classification on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).
“This is really working! My toddler has started using functional language!
His cognition has improved, his motor skills are getting way better, he is finally starting to climb and point and wave and able to copy signs. He has been blossoming intensely, really catching up at a faster rate. Now we have SO much hope!”
– Melissa M. (New Zealand)
parent of a 3-year-old boy
“I think that [my son] is responding great to the therapy! He definitely seems to be following instructions better across the board and is just a little more aware of the world around him.
We have also seen some improvements in speech, pronunciation, eating, handwriting and overall function.”
– Sara J. (California)
parent of a 4-year-old boy
“I went to the library where we spent about 2 hours, and both of the girls were happily reading while staying in their seats. In our prior visits, the oldest one just roamed and ran around the library while I chased her. This time, I was pleasantly surprised by how long my oldest daughter (4) sat and stayed focus on reading. This has never happened before!”
– Mary M. (Texas)
parent of a 4-year-old-girl
This exercise builds connections on the corpus callosum. It improves proprioception and improves communication between the two hemispheres of the brain.
Fill two large bowls with water, one with cold tap water, and one with warm tap water. Place the two bowls in front of him at the table.
Assist your child into a seated position at the table, in front of the two large bowls.
They dip both hands into the bowls, one hand per bowl, down to the wrist line, without touching the sides or bottom of the bowls, for a second or two.
They remove their hands from the bowls, you switch them around and they dip their hands again.
The process repeats 2 more times, switching the bowls around each time.
The process goes, dip, un-dip, switch, dip, un-dip, switch, dip, un-dip, switch, dip, un-dip.
Scientists found remarkable changes in the brain when they were exposed to simultaneous olfactory (smell) and tactile (touch) stimulation, as opposed to olfactory or tactile stimulation alone.
When you have a pleasant olfactory experience you get benefits in brain chemistry involved in better memory, mood, motivation, etc.
When you have a pleasant tactile experience like someone rubbing your back you get the benefits in brain chemistry involved in feeling calm, relaxed, for learning, for sensory integration, for movement, for sleep, for eating, etc.
When you combine these two experiences you get a third benefit associated with concentration, attention, cognitive function, and mood. It is also associated with higher states of plasticity when the brain is growing, adapting and rearranging its structure.
The effects above can last for over an hour!
The fragrance can take almost any form so long as your child likes it.
While your child smells a pleasant fragrance, take your hand and stroke their back with your fingertips.
Feel free to vary speed, direction and pressure to suit your child’s preferences.
This is how you will know it is working: Rowan will relax. Shoulders usually drop, with a sigh of relief, especially if he is ‘high strung’ to begin with.
Note: If the back is not the best spot to do it for your child then spend time exploring with this exercise until you find just the right spot to do this and just the right way that will make him relax within seconds.
It can’t be ticklish. It can’t be irritating. It should not be only barely tolerated, it should be pure pleasure and relaxation.
Your Mendability coach can help you find the best way to help your child benefit from this powerful sensory pairing.
Don’t decide now – you can take this program for a test drive and get a refund if it doesn’t meet your highest expectations. Go through the program with a Mendability coach for 30 days risk-free from the day of purchase.
All our programs come with a Mendability coach for at least 2 months. The main difference is whether you work directly with the creator of Sensory Enrichment Therapy to guide the brain development or if you would like our award-winning expert system to support brain development based on your feedback.