Case study - how equipment helped a children's hospital

The concern:

The therapy team at a children's hospital wished to convert a large, disused space into a multi-sensory environment that would be both a relaxing environment and a stimulating, goal-orientated space. This needed to meet the varied needs of many children, including those with visual impairments, and children with learning disabilities.

The solution:

The hospital therapy team worked in collaboration with a multi-sensory provider to carefully think out and design an appropriate multi-sensory space to meet the varied needs of the children who use the hospital's services. It was determined that the space would need:

  • A tactile panel to encourage children's discovery and interaction, develop hand-eye coordination, and improve motor skills and movement.
  • Soft seating and lying equipment for children to relax on whilst they are in the environment.
  • Lighting equipment such as a bubble tube and UV lighting for a heightened visual experience for children with visual impairments.
  • Simple switch operation of the tactile panel and lighting equipment for children with physical disabilities.
  • A netted curtain area to allow staff to section off the room for different activities.

The outcome:

All in all, the new environment has proven incredibly popular and worth the wait for staff and children alike. Staff report that children love visiting the multi-sensory room as it seems a world away from the usual hospital environment. Staff also say that the room has a relaxing and calming experience on them as well!

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