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Different Types of Sensory Room Environments

7 Dec

Sensory Pool

Sensory rooms are used to create therapeutic environments for both children and adults with sensory related disorders. However, there is benefit to be had by anyone who spends time in one of these rooms, regardless of their sensory capabilities.

The rooms make use of various sensory products that encourage one to use their senses through the use of different colours, scents, sounds and textures. These help to develop skills such as cause and effect, hand eye coordination and shape recognition.

Here are some of the different types of sensory room environments that can be created:

Relaxation Room

These rooms are ultimately designed to create a calm and soothing atmosphere and are most beneficial to individuals who constantly feel agitated or upset.

Dark Rooms

Dark rooms tend to be targeted mostly at individuals with visual impairments. The use of bright fluorescent colours against dark ones is therefore a common feature in this type of room, which aims to provide visually stimulation.

Sensory Pool

Wet areas can also be transformed into sensory environments and can be built around pools, Jacuzzis or bathrooms. Combining the use of lighting with sounds and other stimulating floating devices with water creates a fun learning experience for users to easily swim, float and move around in.

Sensory Bathroom

Soft Play Rooms

Soft play rooms are perfect for children as they offer a safe environment for them to let off steam. Soft play equipment is mostly bright in colour with a strong, durable construction that is also quick and easy to clean after use.

Sensory Gardens

Outdoor sensory environments incorporate various scented plants and colourful flower beds with the sounds of insects and birds. This creates a learning environment inspired by nature with the added benefit of other specially designed interactive features.

All these sensory rooms and environments are ideal for encouraging individuals to explore and improve on their confidence and self esteem.

Experia offer some of the finest sensory rooms in the UK. They can design a room to suit the specific needs of your patients or clients and will also provide a free demonstration and room design. In addition Experia can manufacture and install all your sensory equipment and are dedicated to offering comprehensive customer care support and training packages to those who are relatively new to the world of sensory products. Visit their website today for more information on their range of equipment.

 

 

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Using Sensory Rooms for Individuals with Special Needs

25 Oct

Sensory rooms are places where both children and adults with special needs can explore and develop their sensory skills.

The rooms offer an interactive environment by making use of a wide range of sensory products such as soft play equipment as well as sounds, lighting, aromas and other tactile objects. These rooms can also be extended to outside areas which will help to further enhance the interactive aspect of them.

Benefits of using a sensory room

Premium Sensory Room

This type of room can help teach those suffering from special needs or with sensory disabilities to learn through play. For example, individuals suffering with sight problems will benefit most from equipment that lights up and changes colour in a dark room, whilst someone with a hearing disability will find joy in equipment that makes a noise or gives off vibrations.

The certain nature of specific activities can also help those using the equipment in the room. For instance, individuals who suffer from stress and anxiety will be able to feel stress-free and relaxed in a calming room.

How a sensory room works

These rooms create a space that is completely separate from the distractions of the outside world. This not only helps those in the room to de-stress, but also encourages their minds to focus, allowing for real progress that will help influence their day-to-day lives in a positive way.

Entire rooms can be made to change colour, with moving images and attention grabbing sounds. Some sensory equipment also allows them to achieve a sense of control over their environment by allowing them to influence the change and effects of some of the pieces of equipment they use.

Calming Sensory Room

Furthermore, because of the effective therapeutic benefits of sensory rooms, a large number of establishments like schools, hospitals and other medical facilities have adopted them as part of their range of treatments.

Experia offer some of the finest sensory rooms in the UK. Their experts can help create rooms to suit the specific needs of your patients or clients as well as provide a free demonstration and room design. Experia can also manufacture and install all your sensory equipment and are dedicated to offering comprehensive customer care support and training packages to those new to the world of sensory products. Visit their website today for more information on their range of equipment.

What is a Sensory Room?

24 Aug

A sensory room can be used by both children and adults with sensory disabilities to help develop their senses and interaction skills.

Sensory rooms make use of various elements like textures, sounds, lights and smells to naturally enhance and help develop ones senses. Multi-sensory rooms, relaxation rooms and dark rooms work in a similar way as well as toward a similar goal.

Some of the first multi-sensory rooms were created during the seventies in the Netherlands and have since then become recognised worldwide for the significant benefits they can offer to individuals of all ages and abilities.

Here is a brief description about what each of the different types of rooms entail;

Sensory and Multi-Sensory Rooms

Soft Play Equipment

These rooms can be used to help aid the development of various life skills such as cause and effect, colour, number and shape recognition as well as hand and eye co-ordination. This is accomplished by using various equipment including vibrating bubble tubes and soft play equipment like bean bags and padded internal walls as well as ball pools.

Relaxation Rooms

Relaxation rooms are used specifically to create a calm and soothing environment and are especially beneficial for those who experience restlessness or are distressed.

Dark Rooms

Dark rooms are mainly used for those who suffer from a visual impairment. By making use of the contrast between the dark and fluorescent lights and equipment, the room helps to create an environment that can stimulate sight.

Sensory environments can be created both inside and outdoors. Some of the popular outdoor products include the interactive sound post and the vortex tube which is similar to the bubble tube and can be used to encourage physical interaction in an outdoor environment.

Sensory Pool

Sensory pools are also often used to create a setting that will help encourage various movements and skills, as well as promote relaxation by simply lying or playing in the water. In addition, portable equipment is available which can be moved around to create an interactive sensory environment wherever you require.

Experia offer some of the finest sensory rooms in the UK. They can design a room to suit the specific needs of your patients or clients and will also provide a free demonstration and room design. Experia can also manufacture and install all your sensory equipment and are dedicated to offering comprehensive customer care support and training packages to those new to the world of sensory products. Visit their website today for more information on their range of equipment.

Sensory Rooms and their use for Treatments

11 Aug

Sensory rooms were first developed in the Netherlands (which is where the reference to Snoezelen therapy or treatment originates) in the 1970s, when experts successfully combined music, aromas and lighting to better the behavior of their challenging patients. Since then, sensory rooms have become recognized worldwide for their health benefits to both adults and children alike, as well as to those who suffer from various disabilities.

Sensory rooms are now used by many schools, nurseries, hospitals and other types of healthcare and rehabilitation facilities in order to create a relaxing atmosphere by use of sensory equipment such as bubble tubes. Together, the sensory components work together to encourage clients to feel calm by focusing on their surroundings.

By using various colors, sensory rooms are designed to help create a calm and relaxed atmosphere to those suffering from stress and other related conditions, sensory rooms also promote the development of life skills and other health benefits such as hand-eye co-ordination and much more.

Superactive Sensory Room

Superactive Sensory Room

For clients suffering from visual impairment, dark rooms are used to enhance the variation of dark and bright colors. It is also common practice for sensory rooms and dark rooms to be found in the same establishment.

The sensory rooms offered by Experia are designed to meet specific requirements, making them one of the top experts in this industry today. Ideally the rooms will already be darkened with little noise and other distractions.

The various elements that are often known to be used in sensory rooms to enhance the clients experience include things that play on their senses. This will therefore include things that they can feel, see, hear, smell and taste such as music and aromas, in order to touch on all of their senses simultaneously.

Once the sensory rooms are prepared, clients can then enter them totally relaxed with a sense of control. It also allows individuals with a disability to have a positive effect on the environment around them and not feel distracted during their experience.

Not only do Experia offer some of the most highly sought after sensory rooms in the market, but they also provide a unique range of other high quality related sensory equipment. They currently have several sensory and multi-sensory carts available which can be specially made to include other sensory enhancing equipment such as bubble tubes, sound systems, aromatherapy products, image projectors, scented lotions and soft textured objects for the clients to touch.

Furthermore, the company have developed a range of Sensory Room Packages (or bundles) for those looking for a quick and easy solution to a purchasing a sensory room. Each package has been developed together with one of the worlds leading Occupational Therapists to suit a specific purpose.

These packages are ideal for schools, nursing homes and hospices. Some of the leading sensory bundles include the Superactive Sensory Room bundle, the Sensory Corner Bundle and the Sensory Bathroom Bundle.

For more information on sensory rooms and all of the sensory products available today visit the Experia Sensory Equipment website.

Sensory Rooms … A Sensational Experience

27 Jul

What are Sensory rooms and Multisensory rooms?

Sensory rooms provide a special place for people of all ages and abilities, as well as those with disabilities, to experience a truly relaxing, calming and sensory experience.

Iris Wireless Sensory Room

Iris Wireless Sensory Room

Sensory rooms can be built in schools, hospitals, nurseries, resource centres, leisure centres, residential homes for the elderly, community centres, psychiatric units, museums and private houses.

What Is a Sensory Room?

A sensory room is a specially-designed room where people can be quiet on their own and relax and unwind. Sometimes a sensory rooms are used for very specific work, as in the case with people suffering from dementia or depression.

Sensory Rooms As Teaching Aids

Sensory rooms can also be used as a teaching aid for youngsters with learning and behavioural difficulties. For autistic children or children with severe communication problems, the stimulating and calming effects of a sensory room has been shown to greatly assist in them becoming more communicative and responsive.

Time spent in sensory rooms increases spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness. Such rooms can result in a dramatic benefit to children with sensory impairment, and can enhance development of senses such as hearing, sight, smell and touch.

The Sensory Experience

A sensory room experience is focused on the senses of sound, smell, feel and vision, and can include the more abstract senses of well-being and space and time. These feelings and emotions are accomplished by the creative use of sound and visual effects, vibrations, tactile experiences, and the use of aromas and music in various forms and combinations.

Make Your Own Sensory Space

You can convert a room in your house or apartment into a sensory room quite easily by furnishing it with thick carpets, comfortable floor cushions, music equipment, candles, dark blinds, wall colours that promote good feelings and mood-enhancing minimal lighting – all of which will ensure a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Or you could use a professional company that specialises in the design of sensory rooms who will ensure that noise levels are reduced, the lighting is low-level and that helpful devices like a bubble tube, an audio system and a range of other sensory equipment are installed.

Quiet Time is Healthy Time

Regular time spent quietly alone in a sensory room is highly beneficial to our body’s overall health. The loud and raucous noises of city life have been found to add to our stress levels and this in turn significantly increases the incidence of heart attack.

Use your sensory room as a peaceful refuge, a haven for relaxation, for mental revitalisation and stimulation, for massage therapy, aromatherapy and physiotherapy – all of which help to reduce and release harmful stress.

So, isn’t it about time you thought seriously about planning your very own sensory room?

What are the Benefits of Sensory Equipment?

26 Jul

Sensory equipment, multi-sensory equipment…. what’s it all about?

There has been a large and varied range of sensory equipment developed over the past few years for use in sensory rooms, which help adults and children, affected by certain health or behavioural issues, to relax, increase their powers of concentration and reduce stress.

Interactive-Sensory-Rooms

Interactive-Sensory-Rooms

Sensory rooms provide a special place for people of all ages and abilities, as well as those with disabilities, to experience a relaxing, calming and sensory experience.

Sensory equipment can be housed in a specially-prepared sensory room in schools, hospitals, nurseries, resource centres, leisure centres, residential homes for the elderly, community centres, psychiatric units, museums and even private houses.

What Form Does Sensory Equipment Take?

Most sensory equipment has been designed to cater for the senses of sound, sight, and touch or feel and includes:

Sensory Equipment As Teaching Aids

Sensory equipment can be used by people who merely want to relax and enjoy a calming experience, but is also ideal for those suffering from dementia, depression, autism and certain other behavioural problems.

Sensory equipment is beneficial as a teaching aid for youngsters with learning difficulties or children with severe communication problems.

The stimulating and calming effects supplied by the sensory equipment have been shown to greatly assist verbal communication and responsiveness.

Time spent using sensory equipment increases spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness and often results in a dramatic benefit to children with sensory impairment.

The equipment can also greatly enhance the development of senses such as hearing, sight, smell and touch.

The Multi-Sensory Experience

Sensory equipment focuses on the more abstract senses of well-being, space and time. Positive, restful and calming feelings and emotions are accomplished by the creative use of sound equipment, different aromas, visual effects, vibrations, and tactile experiences like aromatherapy massages.

Quiet Time is Healthy Time

Regular time spent alone in a sensory room whilst making use of sensory equipment is highly beneficial to our body’s overall health. The loud and raucous noises of city life have been found to add to our stress levels and this, in turn, significantly increases the incidence of heart attack.

The different forms of sensory equipment combine to assist in the body’s mental revitalisation, stimulation, relaxation and the release of harmful stress.

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