What is a Sensory Room?
Sensory rooms or multi-sensory rooms come in many different formats. It is the general term for a relaxing or stimulating space away from everyday life. An area that is fascinating to the user and a place they will look forward to using. They can be designed to be passive & calming, through to complete computer controlled lighting, sound, video and aromas, all activated by the user.
Sensory rooms are ideal for a child with cerebral palsy, they can provide relaxation and de-escalation to improve the their general state of mind, but sensory rooms can also be interactive to improve motor skills and provide great cause and effect learning. As users are often in control of products and colours, this allows a feeling of security to develop, allowing them to explore feelings, tactile experiences and communicate skills which would all have been previously intimidating.
Rooms traditionally include products such as bubble tubes, fibre optics and projectors, but the onset of IT based education has seen some real changes to the standard sensory room. Educational themes are now often used to enhance the user's learning and create an all encompassing environment . These themes can be crafted to develop the user’s transferable life skills to ensure that real learning is achieved.
A sensory room can a wonderful experience for both children and adults.
Home sensory rooms are a popular choice to allow parents to bring a sensory environment into the home. Products can be expensive, so look out for sensory equipment grants from local or national charities, as well as local government based grants.
Any product which is designed for special needs can generally be supplied as VAT exempt to individuals or charities, so make sure you ask the supplier you are purchasing any sensory equipment from if this applies. Saving yourself 20% will make your budget go a lot further!
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