At St Mary’s we are lucky to have our own sensory room.
A sensory room is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses. These can include lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play resources, all used within a safe environment that allows the person using it to explore and interact safely.
Lots of children struggle to focus and have sensory or emotional difficulties which prevent them from fully engaging with daily life. Our brains are designed to produce and regulate our body’s responses to sensory experiences — things we touch, see, smell, taste and hear as well as the pull of gravity and movement around us — a process called sensory integration.
For many, this is second nature, but for those with a developmental disorder like autism, the process can be a cause of stress, anxiety and discomfort. For some, the brain can overreact to sensory stimuli and in others, it may not react enough.
This is why we have developed our own sensory provision. Access to this provision is under the discretion of the teacher and it will be used as part of children’s additional provision or at times of heightened emotion.