The sensory room has been established in our school as a dedicated room designed to block out noise, control space, temperature and lighting. It is an artificially created venue that utilises multi-sensory equipment to stimulate the senses and promote a positive feeling of well-being. For the purpose of its use in our school setting, we have strived for a ‘Calming Room’. It is intended to support students in the implementation of self-regulation strategies, resulting in the reduction of anxiety and challenging behaviours.
“Providing spaces for children to refresh, re-group and observe from are essential. The room can be used for children to retreat to somewhere soft and quiet to regulate their emotions when it “all gets too much” (Elizabeth Jarman, 2013).
So if you are feeling anxious or stressed why you don’t pop into our sensory room where I am sure you will be wowed by our bubble tube and feel an instant sense of calmness, just as us Toddlers have!
Written by Sophie Corr, Deputy Head of Early Years