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Benefits of a Sensory Room

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) / Additional Leaning Needs (ALN) require tailored support to thrive in their learning and development. One crucial resource that can greatly benefit these children is a sensory room. Here we look at the importance of a sensory room and how its implementation will positively impact the education and well-being of children with SEND/SEN/ALN.

Children with SEND/SEN/ALN often face challenges in processing sensory information, regulating emotions, and engaging in learning activities. A sensory room offers a controlled environment designed to stimulate the senses and promote relaxation, exploration, and learning. It provides a safe space where children can engage with various sensory stimuli tailored to their individual needs.

Benefits of a Sensory Room for Children with SEND/SEN/ALN:

Sensory Stimulation:

A sensory room will be equipped with a variety of sensory equipment such as fibre optic lights, bubble tubes, tactile panels, and auditory stimulation devices. These stimuli will help children with SEND/SEN/ALN to explore and process sensory information in a controlled and supportive environment.

Emotional Regulation:

Many children struggle with emotional regulation. The sensory room will offer tools and activities designed to promote relaxation and self-calming techniques. This includes soft seating areas, weighted blankets, and sensory toys that encourage tactile exploration and soothe anxiety.

Learning and Education:

By providing a sensory-rich environment, the sensory room will support learning and education for children with SEND. Sensory experiences can enhance attention, focus, and engagement in educational activities. A room can be integrated into a schols curriculum, allowing teachers to incorporate sensory-based learning activities tailored to individual student needs.

Social Interaction:

A sensory room will also serve as a space for social interaction and peer engagement. Group activities and cooperative play sessions can be organised to encourage communication, cooperation, and relationship-building among children with SEND/SEN/ALN.

Sensory Room Product Ideas:

A sensory room needs to be considered and not overloaded or it can become too much. Take a look at our Sensory Room collection and get in touch if you need help and support with what to add in the space that you have.

If you want to know more about the eight senses, read our Guide to Unlocking the Eight Senses

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