Have you ever thought about building your own sensory room?
Here are some things to consider first…
Sensory rooms can be very beneficial to children with sensory processing disorders, children on the spectrum, and/or children with anxiety and attention/hyperactivity issues. When deciding on a space for your sensory room, keep an open mind. You can utilize whatever space you have in your home such as a closet, an empty room, a basement, or that awkward space under the stairs (if you have one).
After you decide on the space, think about the needs of the child that you are building the room for.
What in particular do they need help with?
Do they need a space to calm them down?
Do they just need a safe space to play?
After you decided on the purpose of your sensory room, next, think about what objects you would like to fill the space with. There are a variety of sensory toys that make noises, light up, and vibrate, but these may be too stimulating for some children. There are also soft mats and soft play equipment for children who need to be more active while ensuring their safety.
The following are some ideas to add to your sensory room:
- bean bags and soft mats
- visually stimulated toys (ie. toys that light up and make sounds)
- tactile toys (ie. toys with different textures)
- soft and squishy toys
- UV lighting
- aromatherapy or essential oils
- LED bubble tubes
- mirrors and mirror balls
- projectors to cast images and colors
- massage chairs
- compression materials
Keep in mind that sensory rooms can cost up to thousands of dollars depending on what you want in the space that you provide. If you are creating a sensory room on a budget, stick to the basics such as mats, bean bags, and toys. And always find a reputable company who backs their products. You want to make sure all objects are safe and reliable.
A great company I recommend is Fun and Function. They have toys and tools for kids with special needs and offer a variety of sensory items that you can use when building your sensory room. They have all types of items for sensory integration and sensory processing disorders. If you are looking for more budget friendly items for you sensory room, check out this post here.
So, now you have an idea on what you can use to build your own sensory room! However, remember that these rooms still need to supervised while making sure all the equipment is maintained and in order to create a safe environment.
What items are you going to put in your sensory room?