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Apr 18, 2019

Sensory Equipment and You - A Beginner's Guide

  1. What is a sensory room?

Like the name suggests, a sensory room is designed to engage all 5 senses – but touch, sight and sound in particular with therapeutic effects. The concept of a dedicated sensory room with specialised equipment was pioneered by the Dutch in the late 1970’s. It continues to go from strength to strength as awareness of the positive benefits this type of therapeutic play has continues to spread.

Fibre optic lights are fantastic for sensory play!

2. Why is a sensory room so beneficial?

As humans, we naturally learn and explore from the environment and are hardwired to process information from our senses. This is especially valuable in our younger years and multiple studies have shown the importance of therapy for children which engages the senses, combining the imagination and understanding into new thoughts and discoveries about the world. Sensory equipment essentially ‘supercharges’ these faculties and can help with everything from children developing their motor functions to problem solving skills, language use to emotional intelligence.

3. What makes sensory play different?

Play is so important for the development of a child’s brain but can be quite overwhelming for some, especially those who may have sensory related needs. Due to the increasingly developed technology available, the whole experience in a sensory room can be tailored to any person’s specific needs, from colour of light to sounds of music playing - to either stimulate and excite or calm and sooth, depending on the needs of the individual.

4. Who is a sensory room for?

Sensory room equipment is fantastic for everyone! However, it is especially valuable for people who may have sensory conditions such as autism, mental health issues, dementia or are just wanting to experience something different and unique as part of their sensory experience; it is suitable for people no matter their age or background!

Lights and colour combine to create a unique jungle experience

5. How can I include a sensory room or equipment in my business?

No matter the size of your project or where you are in the world, we are able to help at House of Play! We can tailor part of your play frame to include sensory equipment such as the cornerstone of any sensory room – the bubble tube, lighting or infinity mirror – or if you have the space, we can work with you to develop a separate, dedicated sensory room to truly cater for your customers. Our experienced, in-house team are happy to help however we can!

Bubble tubes are the heart of any sensory room equipment

6. What is the advantage of having sensory equipment as part of my business?

As awareness around those with sensory needs become increasingly prevalent, by being able to provide for customers with these issues, this can make your business stand out from its competitors. We are firm believers in the inclusiveness of play at House of Play and the investment in sensory equipment can only put you in good stead in the years to come!

7. I already own a sensory room or equipment. Can House of Play help me?

We sure can! Whether you need additional features to your room or some much needed maintenance or repair work, get in touch and our experienced team will be happy to help discuss your requirements.

8. I’m interested in learning more about sensory play equipment

To find out how House of Play can help you, please follow the link and enquire below or alternatively, call us on +44 (0)1302 846876 and one of our friendly team members will be delighted to assist

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