What is a Sensory Room?
Sensory rooms are specially designed environments that provide a sensory experience to people, young and old, with a wide variety of different abilities. Traditionally, sensory rooms were used for relaxation and de-escalation, when people with autism, emotional and behavioural difficulties, sensory processing disorder, or other special needs would find themselves overwhelmed and in need of a safe and distracting place to return to a state of calm. Although sensory rooms are often still used for relaxation, they can also be used in conjunction with various therapy modalities.
The Norfolk Island Sensory Room project is the result of a collaboration between NI-Connect and Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS). It is housed and administered by NI-Connect and funded and overseen by the Health and Wellbeing Team from NIHRACS.
To book a session in the sensory room, contact NI Connect on 23380. Bookings are accepted for Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm. Sessions will be in 30 minute blocks, with multiple sessions able to be booked if the person requires longer than 30 minutes.