Sensory rooms were first introduced in the 1970s, but many may not know what a sensory room is, or the many benefits of sensory rooms. Watch the video featuring Dr. Chad Noggle, Behavioral Health Specialist with Blessing Health System to learn more about the benefits a sensory room can offer. 

What is a sensory room?

A sensory room is a space with a variety of equipment and features that help individuals with special needs calm and focus themselves, so they can be better prepared for learning and interacting with others. 

How is a sensory room used?

A sensory room can be used in a multitude of ways. A sensory room creates a safe environment where sensory integration issues or sensory processing difficulties can be addressed. Individuals can also find that sensory input can have a calming effect.  Sensory rooms can also be used to offer therapeutic services to individuals.

What are the benefits of a sensory room?

Sensory rooms have been extensively researched and proven to offer a number of benefits to individuals with sensory processing disorders.  In addition, research shows that individuals with ADHD, Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, tic disorders, anxiety, and depression also benefit from the use of sensory rooms.  Benefits may include:

  • Helping the individual regain emotional control
  • Providing a soothing, low stress environment
  • Helping the individual learn coping mechanisms
  • Decreasing negative or problematic behavior
  • Improving engagement