Creating A Sensory Room At Home

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

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.

SpaceDark blue sensory room in a scout building

Style Pinner

Allow for as much floor space as you can. Try not to overcrowd the room otherwise it can become visually confusing and confined.

ColourSensory room with dark blue lighting and patterned neon accessory lights

Novak Djokovic Foundation

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.

LightingPurple, red and green lights in a dark sensory room

Zoes Place

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.

Flooringfunky sensory room with lava lamps and strobe lighting

Western Gazette

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.

MusicSuper sensory room with strobe lighting, that looks like a guitar strings and frets

Switch Gaming

Children respond to music and sounds in different ways. Engage their minds and stimulate their senses with various types of music and musical play.

MovementRed and blue tangled rope in a sensory room

Rompa

Provide a variety of experiences using different motor skills. Sand snakes are ideal for balancing and providing tactile sensations via the feet.

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