A sensory room is a therapeutic space with a variety of equipment that provides students with special needs with personalized sensory input. Sensory rooms help these children stay calm and focused, so they can be better prepared for learning and interacting with others. One perfect example of a school that developed a sensory room was Hanover Elementary School in Meriden CT. They use it for Autistic students and were profiled by Edutopia.org last year. One of the primary features of the room is the tWall/ Light Wall. The tWall is an interactive touch wall that provides sensory feedback with lights and touch sensors. It’s a perfect addition to the room as it stimulates and improves motor skills, trains coordination and reaction, improves physical endurance, etc. Multiple games provide progressions for users of any ability level.
Here’s some other benefits of the Sensory Room.
Improves student outcomes:
Sensory rooms have a positive impact on students. It allows them to maintain focus for longer periods of time and spend more time on tasks that need to be completed.
Helps variety of behavioral issues:
The Hanover sensory room was designed primarily for autistic students, but over time it has expanded to help students with vision and language difficulties, learning disabilities, and emotional outbursts.
Hanover Elementary School has seen a decrease in negative behaviors. “Students go to the Sensory Room in order to calm their bodies and get all the emotions out and stabilize themselves so they’re ready to learn, and they’re happy.” It’s a safe space for them to grow and learn.
Exergame Fitness provides the following solutions for the sensory room: tWall/Light Wall, Punching bags, soft play climbing products, battle fitness ropes, slam med balls, balance beams, unstable balance products.