In part one of this series, we examined the benefits of sensory rooms for children with special needs and the different ways sensory rooms are used. In this second and last part, we look at ideas for building a sensory room or area in your home or school.
If money is not a consideration, companies will come to your home and build a beautiful sensory room for your child. Many companies sell expensive items to stock your sensory room with. The focus of this post is designing a sensory room that will not break the bank.
PLANNING YOUR SENSORY ROOM
Before diving into your sensory project, do some research. Talk to your child’s medical providers about the type of sensory stimulation that would be most helpful for your child. Add this information to your own ideas. Also consider what is age appropriate for your child.
THINGS TO INCLUDE IN A SENSORY ROOM OR AREA
- Black out blinds
- Fiber optic lighting
- Fairy lights
- Sand table
- Roller massager
- Foam framed mirrors
- Toys with different textures
- Room darkening shades or curtains
- Disco balls
- LED interactive lighting
- Light/image projector
- Bubble tube
- Pieces of different fabrics and other materials
- Art supplies
- Weighted blankets
- Floor cushions
- Wall cushions
- Activity panels for walls
- CD player or iPod dock
- CDs of nature sounds or other calming music
- Ball pits
- Vibrating cushions or pillows
- Aromatherapy unit
- Fish tank
- Bubble machine
- Black walls
- Chew toys
- Exercise balls
- Rocker or balance board
WAYS TO SAVE MONEY
- A rocking chair may be appropriate for your child instead of
- Use gym or yoga mats instead of padded flooring.
- Regular exercise balls may work instead of specialized OT
- Look at Lava lamps, fairy lights or other lighting that you
can use instead of LED lighting.
- Use a bunch of large cushions or pillows instead of padding.
- Instead of a specialized trampoline, a small indoor
trampoline may be used.
Companies that sell products for sensory rooms