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Finch Woods Academy

Sensory Therapy

Sensory Room

The School has a newly installed sensory room which has a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses.

These can include lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects, aromas all within a safe environment that allows the person using it to explore and interact without risk.

Sensory rooms can help pupils to interact with the world around them, but in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and their ability. The user gets an unrestrained non-threatening space where they can explore at their own leisure.

Benefits of a sensory room

There are a whole host of benefits of a sensory room for those who require them, some of these include:

  • Sensory stimulation

By encouraging the user to engage and explore the environment then it can have positive effects on their ability to react and interact with the larger world around them.

  • Enhance learning through play

Following on from this, sensory stimulation can engage different areas of the brain, helping children absorb and retain more information and better meeting the needs of the individual.

  • Improve balance, movement and spatial orientation

Sensory rooms can help develop users’ visual processing abilities as well as their fine and gross motor skills, facilitating day-to-day living.

  • Tackle problems with behaviour

Sensory environments can be highly absorbing, providing a moment of comfort and calm for overactive and distressed individuals, and helping inactive individuals to feel more engaged, providing a clear focus.