SENSORY STIMULATION

Everyone needs sensory stimulation in order to comprehend the world around them. The only way we can get information into our brains is through our senses; sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement. Too much stimulation is not good, yet if we have too little, we lose interest in our surroundings and potentially lose the ability to do things.

The Five Senses

A Sensory Room is a space for enjoying a variety of sensory experiences and where gentle stimulation of the senses can be provided in a controlled way. Stimulation can be increased or decreased to match the interests and therapeutic needs of the user.

Such spaces, and how they are equipped, offer a range of activities that can either be sensory stimulating or calming in their effects.

The varied optical, acoustic, olfactory and tactile elements
in Multi Sensory Environments…

have not only provided alternative and powerful forms of sensory stimulation for individuals previously isolated in their perceptual disabilities; they have also managed to break into cultures within health and education, providing new ways of encouraging learning, motor development, cognitive development, language and social interaction skill.

Multi – Sensory Environments provide opportunities for bridging these barriers. MSE generates a relaxing and calming effect, but also activates different perception areas aimed at basal stimulation for those who are neurologically impaired. Time spent in a MSE 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.