Sensory Rooms (A Quiet Place)
Creating A Sensory Room:
- Sensory rooms are designed for autistic people to retreat when they are feeling overstimulated.
- Sensory rooms are often used for autistic children in facilities such as schools, but they can also be designed at home for children and adults.
Sensory Rooms Should:
- Create a safe space away from over stimulation.
- Provide opportunities for strategies to calm and relax.
- Provide an area that sensory input can be controlled.
Sensory Rooms Space & Cost:
- There’s a common belief that sensory rooms are too costly or that it needs a lot of space to function - This is not true.
- A sensory room is a place where autistic individuals can calm themselves down in safety.
- This can be either in a dedicated room or in a particular corner of a room.
When Designing a Sensory Room, it is is Important to be Mindful of a few things Including:
- Tactile & Pressure
1. Movement: Instead of installing swings, motor stimulation can be provided by bouncing on an exercise ball, sitting in a rocking chair, or jumping on a mini trampoline.
2. Lighting: Lighting is such an amazing thing. It can influence people in subtle ways and can change the way we feel. You don’t need high-tech lighting equipment in your sensory room. You can use light up products, projectors & bubble tubes.
3. Tactile & Pressure: This is especially important for younger children using the space. One cost-effective option for sensory rooms is to include soft pillows, soft blankets and soft toys.