As I was publishing my previous post the other day, on nature as ‘sensory room’, I realised that a large part of my examples of sensory rich nature experiences were from the seaside. Not so surprising perhaps. Just to stand on a beach, looking out across the eternity of glimmering water, hearing the rythmical swooshing of the waves, is a both soothing and uplifting experience for most of us. And then there’s the shifting light, the reflections, and the birds gliding past above us, along with the clouds. And the tactile sensations of sand, grass, stones, driftwood… the wind caressing our skin, and on a good day also the warmth of the sun.
“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…”
…as does Penguin. A lot. And not only in good weather. He loves challenging the waves on a blowy (though not TOO windy) day, running along the edge of the water, only just keeping his feet dry, and occassionaly getting caught out and soaked.
In the past few days we’ve been to three different beaches, on three different days and in varying weather conditions. The love of the water and the whole beach environment gives us so much joy!
Another time I might write about the fears and nightmares which the combination of autism and love of water can bring… But right now I just want to celebrate being “beside the side of the silvery sea”, with these photos from our beach visits this week: