Administrators, educators and parents often question; Why do schools need multi-sensory rooms? This question is more important now, as we address the challenges created by Covid-19 and we look to support students behavioural and mental health needs as they return to normality. In the short article below we ask and answer the most important questions relating to sensory rooms to provide a better understanding to interested parties.
Who benefits from using Sensory Rooms?
All children can benefit from having access to a sensory room as they can use the equipment and activities to benefit from any level of therapeutic interaction. This can cover any child, starting with those with multiple disabilities, very low processing, to those needing help with communication/socialisation and at the other end of the pendulum, those that are school going with no apparent difficulties, but may suffer anxiety/panic attacks.
What is the purpose of a Sensory Room?
They can promote self-organisation/regulation, be a calming/relaxing space to withdraw, provide leisure, help with sensory integration, act as skill training centres and help develop communication. They also provide educators and healthcare professionals tools to assess, stimulate and develop processing as well as both fine and gross motor skills.
How do Schools use Sensory Rooms?
- To reduce stress
- Reduces repetitive behaviours
- Reduce aggression
- Increase/improve focus
- Motivate learning
- Improve interactions/communication
- Assist with developmental therapies
How to incorporate Sensory rooms into your students Routines?
- Create child specific product material/bins, where possible.
- Use natural dividers to keep students a reasonable distance apart.
- Get staff to identify the needs of the students and prioritise accordingly.
- Analyse data of progress to determine effectiveness
- Follow a focused specific outline of activities in the room.
- Empower students to collaborate in the room, which promotes confidence.
- Foster independence in the sensory room that cab transfer to the classroom.
Common Components in a Sensory Room?
- Bubble Tubes
- Fiber optic sprays
- Bean bag chairs
- Padded walls and floors
- Mirror panels
- Therapy toys
- Moving lighting
- Infinity panels
- Aromatherapy diffuser
We hope this has helped you consider your needs. If you want a site survey, design and quote please call Robert Byrne our Sensory Expert at: 087 458 9989 or visit https://murrays.ie/sensory/ for more information.