There are a great many benefits of sensory rooms, some of which are only now being recognised.
'Sensory integration is the ability of the brain to organise information received from the senses so an appropriate response is made.' (Rae, 2016)
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 difficulties
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 feeling overwhelmed. This helps them develop a sense of empowerment and increases their confidence, resilience and independence.