A sensory room is used to help individuals, particularly SEN children and adults, develop and engage their senses. An individual will enjoy a unique sensory experience whilst exploring the room, which is usually equipped with various lights, colours, sensory soft play objects, colours and an array of aromas and textures. A sensory room can be used as a form of therapy for children and adults who have difficulty communicating and interacting with others.
Sensory rooms are almost always found in SEN schools and are now being introduced in others school. A sensory room in a school is a safe space that is specifically designed to meet the sensory needs of students. In schools, sensory rooms are particularly beneficial to students who struggle with sensory overload. A sensory room provides a calming, relaxed environment where students of all ages and abilities can learn and thrive.
Sensory rooms have so many amazing benefits!
A multi-sensory environment is simply another name for a sensory room. It is an immersive and educational environment where sensory stimulation can be controlled to suit the needs and requirements of the child or adults.
The colour of a sensory room depends on the intended use of the space. However, sensory rooms tend to be more effective if the walls are white. This way, various colours, lights and images can be reflected clearly against the walls. Find more tips for designing a sensory room here.
Sensory rooms should have equipment that stimulates as many of the senses as possible. Particularly touch, sight, hearing and smell. There should be a combination of lights in various colours.
There sound be various sounds including music as well as ever-changing visuals such as projected images. A sensory room should also include soft play items such as crash mats, wedges and rolls. There should be bean bags and other soft furnishings.
Other equipment within a sensory room incudes tunnels, balancing tools, such as stepping stones and an activity table with sand or water etc.
Sensory play helps all individuals. As children, it teaches us how to process the world around us. But yes, sensory play is particularly helpful for children and adults with autism as well as other disorders such as ADHD and Down Syndrome. For children with autism, sensory play helps them to calm down, take control of their emotions and develops their senses.
Sensory equipment is anything that may encourage an individual to engage one of their five senses. For example, this could be a musical instrument, a soft play object, a tunnel, or a fibre optic sensory light.
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At RISE, we design and provide specialist sensory room solutions for schools, offering a choice of modular design options. Each sensory room is constructed off-site, then transported to the school and expertly installed with all the specified equipment. So, once we have installed the sensory room, it is ready to be enjoyed straight away! It’s a streamlined, cost-effective solution for providing the ultimate safe space in your school.
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