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13 November 2020

Creating A Sensory Integration Room

by Jess Chenery

With Sensory Integration becoming a popular topic of conversation, we thought that we’d create a handy blog post to talk you through everything you need to know about Sensory Integration; what it is, what it means, and the process of designing/creating a Sensory Integration room – working through our recent case study at More Rehab!

What is Sensory Integration?

Sensory Integration is all about how our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in our everyday lives.

girl on platform swing in sensory integration room

What is Sensory Integration Therapy?

Sensory Integration Therapy involves stimulating and developing our senses so that we can become more comfortable with our bodies and the way they move.

This involves our five senses: touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.

And three extra-special senses that you might not have heard of before: Proprioceptive (bodily coordination), Vestibular (balance) and Interoception (internal bodily signals, e.g. hunger).

sensory integration therapy session with occupational therapist

Designing a Sensory Integration Room

Sensory Integration Rooms are used by lots of people with different needs and abilities, so coming up with an inclusive design that will support everyone is an important job.

When it came to designing More Rehab’s SI space, we made sure that we worked closely with their in-house Occupational Therapists so that we could craft a sensory space perfect for the needs of all their clients.

Here’s our proposed room design:

Sensory Room Design Proposal (More Rehab)

 

Building a Sensory Integration Room

Building the SI room was a job for our installation team. The crew travelled up to Sheffield to put together the pieces of the sensory room. Fitting the made to measure soft padding, constructing the large sensory swing, and making sure the electrics ran safely throughout the room to power the bubbling bubble tube and twinkling fibre optics—Ready for a smooth handover process to More Rehab’s team of OT’s.

Completed sensory integration room at More Rehab

Using a Sensory Integration Room

Everyone will experience a SI room differently. Each session is specially crafted to suit each individual’s needs. Whether you need more time to develop your vestibular skills on the platform swing or if you want to challenge your proprioceptive system by creating a soft play tower.

Check out the video below to meet the OT’s at More Rehab and watch them explain how each sensory element is used within their space.

Find Out More

If you’d like more information about creating your own Sensory Integration space, get in touch with a member of our sensory team. They’ll be more than happy to help.

If you’ve already got your own SI space and are looking for some new sensory elements to brighten up your space, check out our Sensory Integration collection.

And you can find out more about More Rehab and the work they do right here.