Multi-sensory rooms have been proved to encourage learning by incorporating it into play and social interaction. This is achieved by using a range of sensory toys and equipment to stimulate the senses and encourage use of core skills such as gross motor, hand-to-end coordination and colour, shape and number recognition.
It can sometimes be challenging trying to encourage the development of these core skills as it can be a daunting and unexciting prospect for children, particularly those with special needs. Much sensory room equipment is interactive which allows people to have the chance to influence the environment around them. This has also been known to significantly improve levels of concentration.
Although learning and development is integral to the purpose of multi-sensory rooms, promoting social interaction and building relationships is another huge benefit of these sensory rooms. Parents, carers and teachers have often reported that they feel they have built a stronger relationship with the child and this has made learning and play outside the sensory environment more productive.
Multi-sensory rooms can be whatever you want them to be and fulfil whatever purpose you desire, whether you need a room that provides a calming effect or one that stimulates the brain and promotes liveliness.