Sensory Room

Our Sensory Room is open daily from 8am to 1pm for Bluemoon pupils.

What is a Sensory Room?

A Sensory Room is a place where children with special needs can explore and develop their senses and skills. The multi-sensory room has many different features ranging from soft play areas, padded floors and walls and interactive equipment which make dramatic changes to the sensory room environment using sound, lighting and fragrancing.

What are the benefits of a Sensory Room?

A Multisensory room can engage children who can learn through play. From following bright lights, shapes and patterns with their eyes to pressing buttons to make the sensory room change colour or even change colour to music. Children automatically will become interested in their environment. Also due to the flexible functionality of the multisensory room it can also be used to calm and de-stress.

What is the concept of a Sensory Room?

The concept of a Sensory Room (also know as a Multi-sensory room) a calm and simple place in which children with special needs can enjoy a pleasant environment. Distractions of the outside world are completely absent, present them with, music and attention grabbing moving colours and shapes and then add the ability for the person to actually make things happen that are so dramatic that they cannot be missed and you have the building blocks of real progress.

Children become interested in their environment. The overactive can be calmed, the inactive become interested. The partially sighted can see the vivid moving colours. Those mobile can chase the slowly moving images. The whole room can change colour by applying pressure to simple switches or pressure pads. Colours can move or change simply by making a noise and for those with severe special needs the sensory room can be set to automatically change programs, giving a constantly changing and interesting environment that is probably the most pleasant environment they have ever experienced even if all they can do is lay and enjoy it!

Educational research, tells us that children learn best through real experiences, through active play, exploration, experimentation and discovery. At the Bluemoon International School, we acknowledge that this is true for older children but even more relevant for young children who are just beginning their journey of discovery and learning.

We know that babies, toddlers and preschoolers learn through using their senses; taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing to process information. Their journey of sensory discovery starts pre-birth. Babies in utero are able to hear voices around them and can recognise music that they have heard often in utero, once they have been born for example. Post birth they rely on sensory stimulation and exploration to learn about the world around them. You will have watched the way young babies put every object that interests them into their mouths to taste them and then once they have come to know the taste of particular objects will cease to do this and will begin to explore the object using their hands to feel the properties of the object. They establish whether it is flat, smooth, is rounded etc. building a blueprint in their mind of the object so that they can pick an object up and know what it is even before they have a word for that object.

At the Bluemoon International School,we provide unique exciting opportunities for children with special needs to continue to learn through their senses both in our especially designed sensory rooms and in our base rooms. Activities are planned in base rooms to encourage young children to explore objects using their senses in different ways. For example we may lay out a collection of different size and shaped balls in baskets for babies to explore. The young babies will just mouth them, slightly older babies will feel them in their hands to feel the differences between them and then will come to realise that if they push them they roll! Each different type of ball will roll in a different way will be their next discovery. We might then place balls in paint so the children can roll them on paper to see their imprints. Next comes the realisation that they can bounce too, which leads to hours of experimentation with bouncing balls. All of this knowledge will help build an understanding of the properties of a ball so that when the child comes to play short tennis aged five or six all the knowledge they have built through their senses at an early age about balls will be used to direct a ball to be hit by a racket.

Our well designed sensory room at the Bluemoon International School is planned to provide children with a myriad of exciting sensory opportunities from lying on cosy mats for young babies watching the twinkling lights embedded in soft net that moves in the breeze, or watching the bubbles change colour in the bubble tubes to using the remote control when they are older to change the colours of the bubbles, learning about action and reaction.

Children will have the opportunity to watch reflections of a strobe ball on the ceiling and older children will be able to explore reflective objects in a darkened room, building an early understanding about light and dark. They will be encouraged to experience the feel of a wide range of different materials, experience listening to sounds including music and to make sounds with objects, toys and their bodies. Children will be able to explore real objects such as collections of shells, shiny objects and collections of wooden objects.

All of these enjoyable sensory experiences, in a comfortable environment, enjoyed with supportive and responsive mentors will promote early learning and development and provide a solid foundation on which later learning can be built.

The Sensory Room is led by a trained child therapist who is uniquely qualified and equipped with children. She provides special assistance to students who are struggling with learning disabilities, social disorders or emotional problems. She will work with the teachers to determine the best learning strategies for students, and they perform crisis management when necessary. Our child therapist will coach parents and serve as an effective liaison between the school and families.

If your child is not attending Bluemoon International School but you would like him/her to benefit from our Sensory Room, please follow the link below for details on how to become a member:

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