What are Sensory Rooms?
A sensory room is an environment specially designed to provide a sensory experience to individuals of various abilities. These rooms offer amazing benefits to users, regardless of their age or ability. Each sensory room is different and can be designed and adapted to particular abilities, spaces, and budgets. Whether living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dementia, Dyslexia, or more, sensory rooms have been shown to provoke positive changes in mood, cognition, and well-being in a vast range of diagnoses. The benefits of a sensory room are endless.
Sensory Rooms in Schools
Sensory rooms can be installed into schools, providing a calming but stimulating environment for children of different abilities. Having a sensory room in a school can help to improve concentration, prevent children from becoming withdrawn, and aid their learning of new skills.
When it comes to inserting a sensory environment in a school, this can include a variety of textures, noises, and visuals, or it can be in the form of a soft sensory room. Soft play engages users in the environment and allows them to react to different stimuli. Due to the soft nature of a room like this, it gives users the opportunity to play and experiment whilst feeling safe and comfortable. This provides them with the opportunity to be creative whilst using their imagination and improving their physical, emotional, and cognitive strength. These room are enjoyable for all children, but can have particularly good benefits for individuals with sensory issues.
Sensory rooms can also be installed at home. Depending on the needs of the child. a sensory bedroom can promote relaxation in individuals before sleeping. This can help to improve sleeping patterns, but also general happiness and well-being.
Some people choose to immerse the bedroom into a full multisensory environment, whereas others choose to install sensory equipment into a designated area of the room. We offer a vast range of sensory bedroom equipment, meaning that a sensory room can be tailored to specific needs.
Sensory bathrooms are another way of promoting rest and relaxation. Having color-changing lights and soft music at bath time can be very beneficial. For example, individuals with Dementia often find having a bath to be a stressful and traumatic experience. However, when sensory equipment is introduced, it helps to reduce anxiety and stress.
Swimming pools can be made into an amazing sensory environment. Incorporating sensory equipment in swimming pools can be both fun and advantageous for individuals with sensory issues, providing a great environment for hydrotherapy. Whether in a school, local swimming pool, or a personal swimming pool; any pool can be transformed into a sensory environment with our sensory pool equipment.
Sensory Rooms in Airports
Recent news articles show sensory rooms being introduced in a number of airports. Airports can be a stressful and busy environment that can be unpleasant for individuals with sensory issues. Being in a sensory environment can be calming and help to block out other sensory input that may be distracting and overwhelming. Although sensory rooms are not in most airports, there is an increasing number of them being fitted. In Ireland, Shannon airport opened a sensory room earlier this year. They developed the sensory room for children and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges. Their room features color-changing lights and wavy walls, all to stimulate the senses. Myrtle Beach, South Caroline, and Atlanta are also among the airports that have introduced sensory rooms into their buildings.
There are a variety of settings in which a sensory room can be created. If you need any advice or information, do not hesitate to contact us.