Dr Dawn-joy Leong is, among other things, a multidisciplinary artist. Join her as she conducts a session where you will be encouraged to use everyday materials within your home to make a toy from yesteryear and engage in tactile experiences with your pet (or even a soft toy!). The goal? To stimulate mental well-being through sensory art inspired by the nation’s rich heritage.
In this therapeutic session, Dawn uses Clement Space, a term which she coined in her PhD. Eloquently put by the artist "Modern busy city life is stressful, especially for Autistic people, who experience everything more intensely - lights, sounds, movements, smells etc - and struggle constantly with anxiety. Clement Space is a mental and physical space that forgives and gracefully heals. It is a calming and tranquil, nourishing and healing sensory oasis which can be personalised and yet shared. Encompassing all aspects of healing and more, Clement Space is a perpetual state of being renewed, inhaling and exhaling, embracing and letting go, being forgiven and forgiving - a gift from the autistic realm, sharing sensory restoration with everyone for when our senses are restored, we are empowered to be".
This video has been made fully accessible for sensory-sensitive, visually impaired and d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
Download our activity booklet here and join Dawn in her Clement Space as she takes you on a re-energising journey through her perspective.
You may also download A Visually Impaired Friendly Version: A Touch of Clemency (Word Document).