Benefits of a Sensory Room within Mainstream Education
A sensory room fosters an atmosphere of relaxation. Relaxation is good for children’s emotional health; it gives them a chance to explore their feelings and to become more interested in their environment.
All children can benefit from using a sensory room to develop sensory skills needed in late life. Sensory rooms are particularly useful for children with sight or hearing problems, children who are on the Autistic spectrum and those who have attachment issues or behavioural problems.
Supports the development of communication
Enhances sensory skills, hand-eye co-ordination and cause and affect response
Assists the development of social and emotional skills
Reduces tension and increase relaxation
Provides fun and enjoyment
Improves levels of concentration, alertness, calmness and general awareness
The addition of an outside sensory garden/classroom would add to these benefits.
Following therapeutic work with a number of the children in our school it has become evident that a sensory environment would be beneficial to the school. Some of them showed signs of being on the Autistic spectrum and there are children with behavioural and attachment issues who would benefit greatly spending quality time in a sensory environment.
The room would also provide a safe and calming area for other therapeutic work such as Drawing and talking, 1-1 counselling and family systemic work.