A sensory room or corner is simply a safe and quiet place/space in your home for your child to go when they either need a break or need to self-regulate. This gives them a designated safe space collect themselves and work on self-regulating their behaviors.
Create a space that is safe and calming to your child: You want to create a space that is not overly stimulating. Work with your child to design a space they feel comfortable going to and include items that make their body feel safe and calm.
1. This can include:
-a whole room
-simple corner within the bedroom or playroom.
2. Visually, it is best to have calming colors, low lighting, dim lamps or even string lights.
3. Include comfortable seating like:
-bean bag chairs
-a crash mat
-a stuffed animal or blanket
-weighted lap pads
-blankets or vests
4. If your child enjoys vestibular input, a hanging swing, a small trampoline or physioball is a good addition.
5. To increase proprioceptive input you can:
-add in a tunnel for crawling
-use sensory break cards with exercises such as bear walks and wall push ups
-use a weighted ball or laundry basket to push and pull
-or other heavy work ideas
6. Calming auditory input can include noise cancelling headphones or even soft, classical music.
7. Chewy or crunchy snacks or chew rings/necklaces can create organizing oral input.
8. Create a sensory calm down bottle as a timers, (i.e. when all the glitter settles, they can get up) or even a sensory bin (rice or bean bins, or water beads with small fidgets to find).
These are just a few items to get your calm down space started. If you feel your child needs occupational therapy, please call our office at 980-237-3132 or email [email protected]. We can discuss additional recommended products and items based on your child’s sensory preferences.