18 Feb

Inverkeithing Primary School – Sensory Room

Some photos and a great explanation from Inverkeithing Primary School of their new Sensory Room, which has been set up to support vulnerable learners and any children who require support sessions which encourages them to be calm and mindful 🙂

“We cant thank you enough for the support you have provided us for this project, this has allowed us to focus on ensuring the health and well being of our most vulnerable learners and it has had an immensely positive effect on our learners.

The resource includes three different hide tents which offer different light and sensory experiences, as well as having some sensory mats which explode with different colours when the children walk on them. There is also a fold down bed for children to be able to lie on to watch the lights shining on the ceiling when the globe light is working.
Within the sensory room there is also a tent with a ball pit which children can play in. They can post the balls into slots in the roof of the tent and watch them drop down.

We also have some weighted cats and dolphins which pupils can put on their shoulders and around their neck to allow for the feeling of being hugged. The pupils sit with them on and stroke them, allowing for a calming effect.

The different light cubes and stars etc allow the children to focus on one specific light show at a time to distract them from their worries and concerns , thus allowing us to settle and calm down to express what their feelings are so that we can support them further.

The sensory room works in conjunction with another support we have for the children called rookie minds. Rookie minds is a counselling service which allows children to learn strategies on how to cope with challenges in their lives. The use of the sensory room has been key in assisting us with supporting the children in the right ways.”

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