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What is a Sensory Room

As you probably know: A Sensory Room is a room, or a quiet spot somewhere in the house, with all kinds of items (therapy tools, toys, decorations) which are helpful in decreasing sensory overload.

To be honest, not so long ago I thought a Sensory Room was just too much, too overdone. Little by little I realized that Sensory Integration Therapy, like once a week, is doing my son very well, but he actually needs it every day. Sometimes even more times a day. And I kept on hearing and reading encouraging stories of other parents. I just had to give it a try.

It is more wonderful than I imagined. The room is our very special spot with very special rules. The kids call it the ‘Swing Room’ because they love swinging the most. The room even has another name: the ‘Whisper Room’. When one child is relaxing on a swing, we don’t need to have the other kids running and racing around, how much fun that can be. So, the time in the Swing Room is one of quiet. When one of the kids is swinging, the others are sitting cozily on a soft mattress with some cushions, reading books, and they all enjoy this ‘quiet time’! Often I play a CD with nice soft music, the light is not bright (definitely no fluorescent lighting) and the colors in the room are soft toned.

My room is ‘simple’ but nice and peaceful with the least distractions. I still have a list of things I want to add, like a lavalamp and an indoor trampoline, but ‘simple’ as it may be, the room is already a success.


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