What is a Sensory Room?
A safe and private room which includes a variety of lighting options, hammock swing, massage chair, tactile toys, weighted blankets, sight and sound options to address the sensory needs of an individual. The sensory room is a collaboration between NI-Connect and Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS).
How people can benefit from a sensory room?
The human brain is designed to produce and regulate responses to the body’s sensory experiences like touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing. This link between the brain and our behaviour is called sensory integration. Sensory rooms provide a “safe haven” for some people and have been shown to have a calming effect which can facilitate therapy and learning as well as assist with self-management of various potentially negative behaviours.
People with a variety of conditions like stress, developmental disorder, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, dementia and Down syndrome may benefit from a sensory room.
Who can access?
The Sensory room is suitable for people of all ages. Children need to be accompanied by one of the following: parents, carers, teachers, counsellors or therapists.
Contact NI-Connect to make a booking between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday on 23380 or call into the NI-Connect office at the Bounty Centre, Taylors Road.