What Are Sensory Rooms For?

What Is A Sensory Room?

Who Can Benefit From Sensory Rooms?

The main purpose of sensory rooms is to assist individuals and healthcare providers in the management of various physical, psychological and developmental disorders. Their applications are hugely diverse, with some only just being discovered as I write.

Common Uses of Sensory Rooms

While research may be limited, sensory rooms have been successfully used in the treatment of the following conditions (amongst others):

 

Developmental disorders

  • Asperger syndrome
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Epilepsy
  • Learning difficulties

Mental health

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Emotional and behavioural disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Self harm

Brain injuries

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke

Neurodegenerative diseases

  • Dementia

Genetic disorders

  • Down syndrome

Physical disabilities / sensory impairments

  • Motor disorders
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Chronic pain

 

Sensory Rooms in Schools

As well as having several applications in the healthcare setting, sensory rooms are increasingly being used to boost learning in schools and nurseries. The multi-sensory approach is not only of benefit to children with learning disabilities and sensory disorders; it can also be used to help accommodate different learning styles in mainstream schools.

How Do Sensory Rooms Help?

Sensory rooms can enhance therapy and learning in a number of different ways. They can help the individual to feel more relaxed, improving their ability to concentrate and communicate with their therapist or teacher. Over time, this helps them develop a strong sense of empowerment, resulting in heightened confidence, resilience and independence.

Sensory rooms can help users develop several important skills for learning and living, including (but not limited to) the following:

 

  • Cause and effect
  • Colour recognition
  • Concentration
  • Crisis de-escalation
  • Development of choice
  • Emotional development
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Recognition of numbers and shapes
  • Reminiscence
  • Sequencing and theming
  • Social interaction
  • Storytelling
  • Tracking
  • Turn taking

 

 

Honing these skills can help individuals live more enjoyable and fulfilling lives, and this is ultimately what sensory rooms are for: to improve people’s lives through sensory stimulation.

You can learn more about the benefits of sensory rooms here