Friday, March 13, 2015

TIP of the WEEK: Creating a Home Sensory Space

Undoubtedly your child has a sensory room somewhere in their school. Sensory rooms are wonderful additions that schools have incorporated and they are also really, really expensive. But they don't have to be. You can create a sensory space in your home with the same positive effects as the pricey ones. Here's how:

1. Find a spot. This can be a corner free of wires and outlets, an unused closet with the door removed, or even a space in their bedroom.

2. Use soft lighting. If you only have the option of strong or fluorescent lighting, purchase light covers that will soften the glare.

3. Paint the walls. Create a soothing mood by painting the walls soft colors like light yellow or green.

4. Add visual tools.
Sure you can spend hundreds or thousands on light boards and wave machines or you can get the exact same calming effect by using a string of pink or purple Christmas lights.

5. Create calm. Put pictures on the wall of places they love to visit; places that bring back good memories.

6. Brain breaks.
Have something for them to do that encourages positive stimulation. You can find endless ideas for brain breaks online.

7. Tactile tools.
Have lots of options for tactile stimulation.  Stress balls, Thera putty and coloring books are all very soothing independent activities.

You know when your child needs a break, an escape, or needs to relax. Having a space with soft lighting, music and activities can not only give your child a place to regroup but can also give you a way to get a few minutes alone while at the same time teaching your child the invaluable skill of self soothing.



Patrice Carroll
Manager of PWS Services

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