We recently shared this wonderful photo of one of our young people enjoying the newly refurbished sensory room on our social networks. Today, we thought we’d share some more information on our sensory room, here in The Orchard.
Here are a few words explaining sensory rooms from Rachel, our speech and language therapist, and MDT Lead.
“Sensory rooms are specially created environments created to provide an immersive sensory experience. For children on the autism spectrum, sensory rooms are designed to have a calming effect that reduces anxiety and improves focus.
The new sensory room at The Orchard contains a range of visual, auditory and tactile equipment that residents can access at any time to support them to regulate their bodies and emotions through multi-sensory input.”
Our young people are really enjoying the space and experience that’s provided by our sensory room. The therapeutic space helps our young people to prepare for learning activities and interaction with others. Other life skills that benefit from sensory rooms include communication, sensory management, and self-organisation. The equipment works to calm and improves focus. Sensory rooms are also beneficial as they can help to reduce overstimulation, improve fine and gross motor skills and behavioral self-regulation. It is an excellent addition to Our Place Group, and we are delighted to see how our young people are using and enjoying the refurbished addition.
We’ll be sharing some more information on the sensory equipment and how it benefits our young people soon. Until then, please come and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with our news and ongoings.