All children thrive when stimulated by colour, sound, smell and vision. Creating a sensory room is achievable at home and you can do it on a budget if needs be. Adapting a room in your home enables you to include, or not, sensory experiences to suit the needs of your child.
Allow for as much floor space as you can. Try not to overcrowd the room otherwise it can become visually confusing and confined.
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Colours play a huge role in a sensory room. bright colours are ideal for some disabilities, while other require more subdue colours. So, chose the colours according to the child’s individual needs.
Likewise, lighting needs to be tailored to individual needs. Create a sense of peaceful tranquillity with various coloured lights, yet allow there to be sufficient light for easy movement around the room. Place different types of lights at various levels, including light-strands that can be touched.
Safety is paramount in any child’s room, particularly a sensory room when rolling, tumbling and movement is important. Cushion the floor with pads to help protect bodies from injuries.
Children respond to music and sounds in different ways. Engage their minds and stimulate their senses with various types of music and musical play.
Provide a variety of experiences using different motor skills. Sand snakes are ideal for balancing and providing tactile sensations via the feet.