Recognizing the Signs of Sensory Overload in Children

Sensory input is coming at us constantly. Whether we are in a quiet room by ourselves or at a busy birthday party, sensory experiences are shaping how we perceive the world around us. Sensory overload can happen to all of us, but for children with sensory processing issues, it can be overwhelming. They may not have the tools and coping skills to handle all the sensory information their bodies are processing.

What is sensory overload?

Sensory overload occurs when the body is unable to process, organize, and respond to all the incoming sensory input. Although this can happen to anyone, it is more common in those who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or sensory issues.

Technology and our fast paced society has led to us being bombarded with more and more sensory stimuli. It is no wonder that our brains and nervous systems are sometimes overloaded.

Picture this:

It’s public swim time at the local indoor pool. There are the sounds of kids screaming, babies crying, parents calling out to get their child’s attention, music coming over the speakers, the whir of the pumps, the constant flow of the waterslide, the drip of the waterfall, and splashing water.

You see bright overhead lights, a row of red and yellow life jackets hanging on the wall, people everywhere, pool toys and flotation devices covering the surface of the water, diving boards, a swinging rope, spinning ceiling fans, and there’s even a woman practicing kickboxing on a yoga mat on the pool deck.

There is the feel of the pressure of water around you, water suddenly being splashed into your face as someone kicks nearby, the warmth of the hot tub and sauna contrasted with the cold of the salt water children’s wading pool.

You pick up on a mixture of smells as the chlorine of the adult pool and the salt water of the children’s pool mix with everyone’s shampoos and body washes and perfumes. There’s the taste of salt or chlorine as you come up sputtering. There’s the feeling of the movement through the water or the burn of the waterslide on your back and the feel of the air on your face as you quickly soar through the air off the high diving board before plunging into the water below.

This doesn’t even take into consideration the crowded change rooms or lobby. It’s easy to see how anyone could experience sensory overload on a trip to the swimming pool!

Tell Me Who We Are – Can you support this kickstarter?

TELL ME WHO WE ARE is a short narrative drama exploring cycles of abuse, mental illness and family.

Short Synopsis – Far away from her childhood in the Midlands, THEO has made a loving family with her wife, REN and their young son, NOAH. Filled with anxiety about how abusive experiences with her mother could emerge as a cycle within her own parenting, she is propelled to return to her long-left family home, where a warm welcoming from her step-dad, confirms her sense of strangeness and alienation.

Director’s statement – The crux of this film is bringing out stories – about gay women, about disabled women, abused and abusive women – which better relay the  rich and complex lives women experience, something usually hidden in film and TV.

I see this project as such an opportunity to explore narratives and characters that can challenge people’s ideas. The rarity of seeing underrepresented identities intersect is something I have previously explored in my work, and is an issue which requires a lot of work to fix. This project is by no means going to achieve that by itself, but it will help.

Project Status – We are currently in the middle of pre-production, and plan to shoot in November/December 2019. The film will premiere in May 2020.

Concept Art
Concept Art

 

Some background:

What: This project is an ambitious final year film, made for our undergraduate Film Production course at the University of Central Lancashire.

Why: Beyond the expectations of our course we want to make work which not only fulfils the requirements of a grade, but which also has the goals of: filling gaps in representation, creating opportunities for others, collaborating with people in the independent film industry, stretching our own skills and experience, and achieving success in film festivals.

Big fans of the kitchen-sink genre, this script was partially inspired by the lack of representation for queer people or women within these films. Taking inspiration from female writers, such as; Clio Barnard, Lynne Ramsay, Hope Dickson Leach, Joanna Hogg and Crystal Moselle, and queer filmmakers like Andrew Haigh and Frances Lee – it hopes to explore themes and topics familiar to this genre through a lens which incorporates the experiences of characters who are, historically, not often seen in stories like this.

As our director and writer are themselves both queer women, there is a personal stake in stories featuring characters like this being told.

When: Pre-production for the film is already in progress, whilst filming will be taking place in November/December later this year.

Where: The project will be filmed on location in the Midlands. Our production team is spread across the country, but a base has formed at the home of our director in Leicestershire, where we have links to local filmmakers, cast and crew. There is also a location already lined up here.

Who: This project is a collaboration between ELK Medium and Movement Films.

ELK Medium – elkmedium.com

A small production company which make experimental shorts, music videos, animations and award winning documentaries. Their work aims to breakdown stereotypes and create a platform for underrepresented voices.

Movement Films – movementfilms.co.uk

Working with businesses, bands, charities and other filmmakers, they bring life to captivating projects. Their work uses the power of storytelling to captivate and move their audience.

 

We are also partnered with Harmless. A charity in the Midlands who provide support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. Through this partnership we want to draw awareness to their services, as well as the themes in Tell Me Who We Are surrounding mental health and emotional distress.

To find out more about Harmless, see their website: www.harmless.org.uk and their Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmlessUK/

This October they are celebrating 12 years of their life saving services with a Celebration Event. An evening which includes live music, a three course meal, games and a raffle – all to raise money to help continue their much needed services.

Why not join them? Tickets available here.

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Concept Art

 

Why we need the money:

As we receive no funding from our course to make our projects happen, we need support to make this film as good as it can possibly be. The same also goes for the independent film industry, and this is an excellent opportunity for us to experience this process.

Alongside this Kickstarter we are currently trying to raise money through arts funding applications and direct appeals to businesses, as well as throwing our own money – from other film work – at this project, in order to reach our total goal of £4,500.

More specifically, this money will be used for:

Paying Actors and Crew – As part of providing people with opportunities we believe it’s important to pay them for their work.

Production Design – In order to ensure our film has as a high a production value as we can muster, we need to make and buy props/costumes/etc.

Food – Feeding our hard-working cast and crew across three shoot days.

Insurance – A necessity.

Equipment Hire – To make our film look fantastic.

Distribution – Film festivals can be expensive to submit to – especially those that are more well-known, and many smaller fees can stack up in the process of getting the film out there.

 

No matter how much you are able to support us, with your help we can create a voice to explore whether our past defines who we are.

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Concept Art

 

Who we are:

Georgie
Georgie

GEORGIE CUBIN – director

Dyslexic, would write a bio but didn’t want to.

Her second outing as a director on a fiction project, having previously won awards for her documentary work as one half of ELK Medium. A final year UCLan student, her projects look at women and disability.

Bernadeta
Bernadeta

BERNADETA BEANGE – producer

Actual adult.

Bernadeta works in the South West as one half of Movement Films, specialising in narrative videos.

Jane
Jane

JANE LEGGAT – writer/DOP

Normally squirrelling away behind the camera or animating in a dark corner, this is Jane’s first go at writing something that isn’t a poem about Orlando Bloom for GCSE English.

Also final year UCLan student and other half of award-winning ELK Medium, her work focuses on queer experience and identity.

Ciara

CIARA CESSFORD – production design

An unpronounceable name and unidentifiable accent.

Fresh off completing an MA in Literature and Culture, Ciara has worked with film production at university. Her work and degree has focused on popular literature, comedy and engaging new audiences in the arts.

Ruadhan

RUADHAN GEE – publicity/production assistant

Will give anything a go even if she’s unqualified.

Big boss of an annual family festival. Usually found in front of the camera in Georgie’s films, this time she’s been coaxed to work on the crew.

Matthias

MATTHIAS DJAN – gaffer

Knows all.

Other half of Movement Films, usually the man with the camera, this time he’s the man with the lights.

Noah

Noah Harroe – cast

He’s 7, like any 7 year old he wants to be famous.

He’d like to be a rockstar and a lifeguard. Noah has two mummies and strong feminist values! (A hatred of trump) and besides playing the drums, he thinks the best thing to aspire to, is to be kind.

 

Find Tell Me Who We Are elsewhere:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/tellmewhoweare/

Vimeo Teaser: https://vimeo.com/354228916

IMDb: www.imdb.com/title/tt10815030/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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Concept Art

Will you be joining us? 🥂🍾

 
The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.
 
Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.
 
The Venue:
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB
 
The Date:
Saturday 5th October 2019
 
The Cost:
£40.00 per head
Or a table of 10 for £350 (£35 per head)
 
The Event:
Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games & live music
 
Dress Code:
Smart
 
The purpose:
To raise enough money to save more lives!
 
Click here to buy tickets
 
http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2019

FREE Nottinghamshire mental health and suicide intervention training

Here are the latest dates for FREE Nottinghamshire mental health and suicide intervention training.

Delegates can book a place, and find more information via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

Booking Information

 Individuals can only book on one course, so are encouraged to book on to the most appropriate module. If organisations would like to book more than one place (e.g. for a colleague), then please contact us directly on (0115) 880 0281.

Module One (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training): For members of the community, or a volunteers who are involved in a community scheme or activity about mental health or suicide prevention for adults (18+).

Module Two (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) with low level mental health support needs, those with undiagnosed mental health conditions, or those with low mood or worry. 

Module Three (Mental Health Intervention Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) with medium level mental health support needs and/or who may have one or more coexisting conditions.

Module Four (Suicide Intervention Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) vulnerable to suicide risk

Please note: Modules have been tailored around those who you support. Front line workers are kindly asked to choose the module that best describes your client group, and not your personal knowledge or training experience level.

If you have any queries over eligibility or which course is right for you, please contact the Harmless Let’s Talk Training Team.

Training office: (0115) 880 0281

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Have you got your #lifesaving raffle tickets?

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

The draw will take place during the Harmless Celebration Event on October 5th 2019 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place.

Click the link here to purchase your tickets: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2019

Tickets for the event are available via this link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=91

Terms and conditions of raffle available on request

 You must be 16 or over to buy a raffle ticket.

Harmless’ 12th Anniversary Celebration Event

 
Saturday 5th October 2019
 
The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.
 
Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.
 
The Venue:
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB
 
The Date:
Saturday 5th October 2019
 
The Cost:
£40.00 per head
Or a table of 10 for £350 (£35 per head)
 
The Event:
Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games & live music
 
Dress Code:
Smart
 
The purpose:
To raise enough money to save more lives!
 
Click here to buy tickets
 
http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2019

Be a life saver!

Did you know that you can easily give a monthly donation to our suicide prevention work?
 
Many people want to support our work but aren’t sure how to. Why not sign up to a small monthly donation and we will use the money to help people who need support and can’t get any elsewhere.
 
£5 a month would fund help to two crisis sessions across the year
 
£10 a month means 5 people would get help that wouldn’t have without your support
 
It doesn’t cost much to save a life- can you help us?
 
You can set up a monthly donation via this link here: https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

Free Adult Mental Health Intervention Training – Bassetlaw

Nottinghamshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver Mental health Intervention accredited courses.

Module 3 – Tuesday 17th September
Location – Bassetlaw

To register your interest please use the following link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-module-3-mental-health-intervention-training-bassetlaw-third-sector-front-line-tickets-63424501391