A sensory room is a space designed to help a person with sensory issues learn to regulate their brain’s negative reactions to external stimuli by developing coping skills for these experiences. This space can be used for those on the autism spectrum, individuals with ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome, as well as for individuals with a variety of developmental challenges in the area of communication, movement and balance, and social skills.
What is a Sensory Room?
How can a Sensory Room help?
When a person with autism or another developmental challenge has access to a sensory room, they can and will experience a variety of benefits, for both children and adults, of various ages, such as;
- Calming effects
- Improved Focus
- Cognitive Development
- Sensory Development
The room also contains a range of weighted blankets. Weighted blankets are a safe and natural way to reduce anxiety and assist in emotional regulation.
What is in the room?
BUBBLE COLUMN & MIRROR CORNER – a visual stimulating bubble water feature that creates a sense of calm from the soothing bubbles.
WEIGHTED BLANKETS – are heavier blankets designed to help to provide deep pressure that helps individuals feel hugged and comforted.
FIDGET TOYS – are an effective sensory tool to improve focus and attention, reduce stress and anxiety, and relieve muscle tension.
MIRROR PEBBLES – are smooth and shiny, and can be laid in paths and stacked. Children will be absorbed by the reflective effects.
FIBRE OPTIC STAR GALAXY CEILING – enhances the sense of space. The lights gradually change colour and create a calming and magical effect.
DREAM CLOUD – Ultra comfortable memory foam filled bean bag that encourages relaxation and self-management of emotions.
TACTILE WALL PANEL – encourages touch exploration and developmental skills.
FIBRE OPTIC WILLOW TREE – creates a calming and visually stimulating space for individuals to immerse themselves through the hanging fibre optic lights and leaves.
FIBRE OPTIC LIGHT SPRAY – provides a stimulating and safe experience. The bright, colourful and stimulating effect, aids in understanding cause and effect.
This therapeutic sensory room was designed by sensory artist Bliss Cavanagh of Happy Senses. www.sensoryspaces.com.au