Sensory experiences include touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, smell, taste and the pull of gravity. For most Children, Sensory Integration develops in the course of ordinary childhood activities. But, for some children, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. When this process is disordered, a number of problems in learning, development and behaviour may become evident.
Children who might need be in need of multi-sensory integration may include children who are over/under sensitive to touch, movement, sights, smells, tastes and sounds, have high/low activity levels, deficits in motor coordination and/or poor organisation of behaviour.
Multi-sensory therapy is an activity which usually takes place in a dedicated room where the client experiences a combination of visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile stimuli. These rooms are designed to create a feeling of comfort and safety, where the individual can relax, explore and enjoy the surroundings.
Multi-sensory therapy offers individuals with cognitive and sensory impairments and other challenging conditions, the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of sensory experiences. Multi-sensory therapy can open up a whole new world for individuals with cognitive and sensory impairments. It can generate a relaxing and calming effect, but can also provide stimulation.