A sensory room is a therapeutic space designed to promote a calming and soothing experience. It can also provide an interactive and engaging environment for the students.

A multi-sensory room incorporates a specialized selection of sensory equipment and materials designed to meet the sensory need of the student.

The many challenges schools face today are the different needs of the students. Some students with autism disorder or sensory processing disorder have challenges integrating incoming sensory information, the information coming in to the nervous system might be over stimulating or under stimulating. This might cause melt downs and uncomfortable situations for the students. A sensory room can act as a “filter” to their sensitive nervous system.

Benefits include:

  • Relieves stress
  • Facilitates communication and social interaction
  • Increase focus and attention
  • Promotes mental and physical relaxation
  • Provides a safe place for student to explore and interact with their environment

Sensory rooms can also be useful tools for students who have anxiety and social emotional challenges. This space can be used to read books, learn about their emotions and give them cool down strategies. All students can benefit from a therapeutic space that promotes positive change.

Lisa Campanaro