Benefits of Sensory Rooms
Sensory Room Benefits
There are a great many benefits of sensory rooms, some of which are only now being recognised. As well as stimulating the senses, they offer several advantages over other types of therapy for certain individuals in certain circumstances.
Here are some of the main benefits of sensory rooms…
Stimulate the senses
Encouraging individuals to explore and engage with their senses can heighten their ability to interact with the world around them.
Improve balance, movement and spatial orientation
Sensory rooms can help develop users’ visual processing abilities as well as their fine and gross motor skills, facilitating day-to-day living.
Enhance learning and play
Sensory stimulation can be used to engage different areas of the brain, helping children absorb and retain more information and better meeting the educational needs of each individual.
Promote emotional wellbeing
As well as helping individuals cope with physical and developmental impairments, sensory rooms can also increase relaxation and motivation, promoting greater levels of happiness and wellbeing.
Tackle behavioural problems
Sensory environments can be highly absorbing, providing a moment of comfort and calm for overactive and distressed individuals, and helping inactive individuals to feel better engaged. This improves focus and prevents users from getting the urge to ‘act up’.
Provide a safe and effective therapeutic environment
By tailoring the sensory environment to the individual rather than forcing them to adapt to their surroundings, you can encourage exploration and engagement within a therapeutic setting without making the patient feel overwhelmed. This helps them develop a sense of empowerment and increases their confidence, resilience and independence.
Improve patient-staff communication
The sensory approach can encourage better communication between the service user and their therapist or teacher, improving the user’s language and social skills and promoting a better standard of care.
A patient-centred approach
Focussing on the individual rather than judging them by the characteristics of their condition enables them to better accommodate their unique mechanisms for learning, communicating and overcoming challenges, and can even improve sensory processing over time.
A low-risk therapy with no known side effects
Sensory rooms have even been known to help reduce reliance on medication, especially in the case of dementia sufferers with high levels of anxiety and agitation.
In reality, the benefits of sensory rooms are countless and their therapeutic efficacy must be seen to be believed. Read these real-life examples or watch these videos to discover how sensory rooms have been used to facilitate learning and care in various different establishments around the UK.