We are launching an appeal to help us fund a new multi-sensory room in our refuge. We have already made a good start thanks to the Betty Lawes Foundation who kindly made a generous donation to start us off. 

Properly designed sensory rooms can be costly so we would be grateful for a little extra help to make it a reality. If you can spare a little or a lot, your combined support can help us to make a difference!

Multi-Sensory Environments: The Benefits

 

Time spent in a Multi-Sensory Environment 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. The varied optical, acoustic, olfactory and tactile stimuli help hyperactive individuals concentrate and focus better. 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 skills.

Multi-Sensory Environments can open up a whole new world for individuals with cognitive and physical impairments. Providing a stimulating environment can:

  • Increase concentration and focus attention
  • Develop or reactivate senses of hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste
  • Heighten awareness and improve alertness
  • Improve coordination and motor development
  • Promote cognitive development by increased brain function
  • Lead participants to explore their environment
  • Provide security
  • Be an unrestrained atmosphere where participants feel able to enjoy themselves.
  • Improve creativity
  • Stimulate the sensory building blocks
  • Develop of a sense of cause and effect
  • Develop language – more vocalization
  • Promote social interactions
  • Promote mental and physical relaxation – Stress levels drop dramatically
  • Result in more calmness and lower aggressive behaviours
  • Increase opportunity for choice and self-determination
  • Improve communication and sharing
  • Lead to non-responsive patients becoming communicative
  • Provide relief from pain and painful physiotherapy

Last but not least, participants are happier and have fun!

The picture provided is what a sensory room in our refuge could look like

We want to create a calming space full of light, texture, colour and movement. We will of course keep you updated and post some pictures and a video when we have achieved our goal!