Try transitioning techniques in and out of the sensory room. This will help the user understand that the time in the room is beginning and ending, readying them for the room and mentally preparing them that it is over. For example, a song that the user can identify as the start, alongside removing shoes and then a song they can identify as the end, alongside putting shoes back on. Choose music accordingly, if you want it to be a calming atmosphere let this reflect in the chosen music. Try lyric-less music, this can still be up to date music: Pop Instrumental | 2 Hours of Music Without Words - YouTube Keep an ‘ about me ’ profile, this will help understand and know what the user responds to, this information can then be shared with others, maintaining continuity. You can try to have individual tactile/interactive boxes to cater for each users needs. Try not to overload the rooms at once by turning everything on, this can cause more dysregulation and result in the room not being used in the intended way. Turning everything on at once can become dysregulating and distracting, use what is beneficial. You can change what is used in the room to help establish what works best for the user. Having a goal may help guide how you use the room: If it is to calm, then utilise the room in this way If it is for developmental then prepare what you wish to achieve before you enter the room, however, do not be disheartened if you do not achieve the learning outcomes set out. Not everyone will wish to interact, some users will want to explore their own senses solo, this is ok. Ensure they have what they need and be there for support if needed. The Vecta is a portable sensory experience. This can be bring a sensory room to any space, which can be useful for users that are confined to their rooms or bed. This can support wellbeing for those potentially in their final days. We use our senses all day, everyday. Sensory techniques do not need to be confined to one room, be creative. Try sensory strategies, here is a toolkit for teachers: Sensory Strategies in Schools - The OT Toolbox
This guide has been created by two 2nd year Occupational Therapy students from the University of Worcester, Jade Turley and Emily Griffin. Over the course of 10 weeks, they researched the benefits of a sensory rooms and the items within them. From their research, observations and interviews they have created a sensory guide to help you get the most out of your sensory room.
Please remember, this is just for suggestions. Explore the room and find out what works at an individual level!
Most of all, enjoy the experience!
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