SENSORY EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS

Sensory stimulation rooms include a variety of tools and equipment to stimulate the five senses.

Lighting effects, such as projectors with wheels that disburse light patterns throughout the room, bubble lamps, spotlights, star panels, fiber optics, UV lights, mirror balls and even Christmas lights. These lighting effects are best seen if the room has a total blackout capability.

Sensory activities such as blowing bubbles, painting, or making bread are all sensory.

Tactile experiences such as touching various changing textures that are included in an interactive tactile wall panel.

Cause and effect items such as the use of switches to allow the individual to control items within his or her environment, and toys that provide visual effects, vibrate, make noise, or have a tactile feel.

  • Soft items on the floor such as mats, pillows, or beanbags.
  • Sound effects such as music, nature sounds, or animal sounds.
  • Selected rhythmical music with a variety of tone, pitch, rhythm, and spacing can be used to soothe.
  • Tasting experiences of different flavored drinks and foods.
  • Motion stimulation much more.

A particularly heartwarming item is the interactive dog or cat, which responds to external stimuli with sounds and motion, simulating interaction with a real animal.  Many dementia patients make a strong connection with these realistic pets, and hold and speak to them as if they were real animals.

The Rover

When a resident cannot come to the Sensory Stimulation room, we bring “The Rover” to the resident.  This portable, interactive unit provides a mobile, smaller scale version of many features of a sensory stimulation room.

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Associated Health Systems Inc. is a leader in Sensory Stimulation products and research and has been instrumental in helping the Lark Angels Foundation with our efforts.