What is a sensory room?
A sensory room or multi-sensory environment is a unique space for those who wish to explore and interact with the world around them in a safe and non-threatening environment. They are designed with a range of stimuli that engages all the senses. Sensory rooms often include lights, pleasant smells, sounds, different textiles, and colors to create the environment that a person can explore without harm. Sensory rooms allow the users to gain confidence and build his or her ability. No two sensory rooms are alike.
Club Horizons will have our very own Sensory room!
We have been researching all the right tools to have in our own sensory room. Our focus has been on bright colors, various textiles, soothing music, tools that are useful for those who need movement stimulation, special LED lighting, water features, and essential oil diffusers. Our space will provide our members a place to regroup, relax, and explore their senses.
So why are sensory spaces important for Club Horizons Members?
Time spent in a Multi-Sensory Environment has been shown to increase concentration, focus attention, improve alertness, awaken memories, and to improve mobilization, creativity, social relations and communications, and general awareness of the surrounding world. Sensory environments not only provide users with strong sensory stimulation but they have also been shown to provide new ways of encouraging language, motor, cognitive, and social skills!