Creating a multi sensory space, improving sensory provision
Creating a Multi sensory space suitable for use with Adults with Autism/additional needs, promoting a calm, ready to learn environment through visual, auditory and tactile stimuli.
At Autism First, part of Specialist Autism Services, we provide person centred support for adults with autism and additional needs. Through an Autism specific learning programme we are able to address social, physical, sensory and behavioural needs, ultimately promoting personal development. Our aim is to make a positive difference to the lives of the people we support, by also ensuring they can transfer the skills gained to a mainstream environments. The project would aim to build on and improve the current sensory provision in place at Autism First, by creating a multi sensory space. Unlike most people, the individuals we support struggle to develop the communication skills needed to direct activities and gain a level of control within their environment. Having a multi sensory space would help provide visual, auditory and tactile stimuli and help develop the cognitive learning experiences that can result in new skills such as; increased confidence and improved self-esteem.
Multi sensory stimulation has been one of many approaches to learning disability for some time and has been found to be beneficial for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions, it doesn’t rely or pressurize individuals to verbally communicate and it helps provide stimulation for those who would otherwise be almost impossible to reach. Multi sensory techniques use two or more senses simultaneously so that one sense, perhaps a stronger one, can reinforce another, taking advantage of an individual’s strengths to aid in addressing their areas of weakness.
Having Sensory equipment that is fit for purpose, can help us support developing key life skills including vocalization, gross motor skills, colour recognition, tracking and also maintaining positive well-being. For example, for an individual who may be non-verbal, being able to explore a multi-sensory environment could help them gain confidence exploring their other senses which may lead to vocalizations or speech.
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