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Care Homes and Children Centers

CHILDREN’S COMMUNITIES

We learn about our world through our senses. In interacting with our environment we are constantly exploring and creating new ways moving, smelling, tasting, looking and listening and exploring the properties each of these basic sense have. Children who are not able to experience these type of senses on a regular basis, due to varying disabilities they may have, often do not get the same opportunities for exploration in their environment due to vary disabilities they may have; whether that be due to physical, emotional, intellectual or simply due to lack of stimulation in their current environment.

Many studies have been done on the effects of Sensory Stimulation and Multi-Sensory Environments. Sensory stimulation can be active or passive resulting in uplifting behaviors or relaxed behaviors. A sensory room is extremely therapeutic for both children and adults with sensory processing disorders… from mild to severe. In fact, anyone in the general population could benefit from spending time in one! Studies by experts in child development show that the different types of sensory stimulation children receive through their environment can have a profound impact on their ability to learn. It’s important that the child’s home, school, personal and social environments provide the most positive, uplifting stimulation possible. Sensory Stimulation is especially critical for children in the developmental years. Without it, scientists say our brains might not form properly. Mandala Life Sensory Stimulation provides the solutions to creating the environment and the logistics to the community seeking to create a fun and relaxing stimulation fro children of all abilities and ages.

Developmental studies indicate that Sensory-stimulation is an effective exercise for increasing the number of brain cell connections infants and toddlers. Sensory stimulation refers to the impact the environment has on our minds and bodies as we receive information through our sensory organs.

These sensory activities can be delivered through soothing activities that involve touch, sound, sight, vestibular activity and smell (aroma-therapy).

Potential Benefits of a Multi-Sensory Stimulation Room

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Increased ability to self-nurture
  • Increased resilience
  • Increased self-esteem and body image
  • Increased ability to engage in therapeutic activities
  • Increased ability to engage in self-care activities
  • Increased ability to engage in meaningful life roles
  • Increased ability to engage in social activities
  • Increased ability to cope with triggers

SCHOOLS and EDUCATION

Learning is that much more fun and exciting with the use of technology and creative experiences, at home or at school. Imagine in your classroom, change the experience with changing lights, sounds, videos, vibrations, moving air and different aromas, the changing abilities of a Sensory Stimulation Environment can also be used as a learning tool to create a fully sensed experience of learning. You can create an environment that can calm or stimulates the senses, making lessons imaginative, exciting, creative and fun.

While the Sensory Room creates an environment where learning is fun for students, it also encourages teachers to let their creativity flow and makes teaching a fun experience. If you’re teaching about the world and cultures, imagine being in the middle of the rainforest surrounded by the dense greenery while hearing the sound of birds moving in the undergrowth, the wind blowing in the trees, the smell of the forest in your nostrils and the sight of animals ahead!

Or learn about the undersea experience as a projector transforms the room into an undersea adventure. Smells and sounds fill your brain as you learn about the sea… underwater. Space, the final frontier… or just the beginning where students can be surrounded by stars and the sights of space and exploration. Anything is possible with imagination and your senses.

CARE HOMES and ELDERS COMMUNITIES

Many studies have been done on the effects of Sensory Stimulation and Multi-sensory Environments. Sensory stimulation is passive, and works very well in Special Care and Extended Care situations where residents may not be able to actively participate in a targeted goal therapy, as well as to aid in maintaining a level of relaxation in a busy care home setting for others. Mandala Life Sensory Stimulation provides the solutions to creating the environment and the logistics to the community seeking additional support to their residents.

“It is difficult to find recreational activities that are enjoyable and age-appropriate for people with learning disabilities. Many conventional therapies from other fields of care are unsuitable for those with severe and multiple physical and mental limitations because they place expectations on the patient to attempt and achieve something that is potentially beyond their abilities. In addition, people with severe and multiple handicaps often experience very limited psychological and sensory stimulation, particularly in institutional care, and have a limited degree of control and choice in all aspects of their lives. Multi-sensory therapy was developed as a leisure resource for people with learning disabilities and designed to be both a relaxing and a stimulating environment which is failure-free (because there is no specific task to be completed, nor goal to achieve) and in which individuals can choose, control and explore the stimuli around them.

Recently, the use of this intervention has extended throughout the world and into other areas of care. The prevalence of this type of therapy in the UK is hard to estimate as it is becoming increasingly available both within and outside mental health facilities, for example in community facilities and residential homes. In addition, many places have portable versions of equipment that is usually found in a dedicated multi-sensory unit. These portable items can be used anywhere (e.g. at the bedside) and can thus incorporate aspects of the philosophy of multi-sensory therapy into the entire care environment.”

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (2002) 8: 444-450
© 2002 The Royal College of Psychiatrists

It is difficult to find recreational activities that are enjoyable and age-appropriate for people with learning disabilities. Many conventional therapies from other fields of care are unsuitable for those with severe and multiple physical and mental limitations because they place expectations on the patient to attempt and achieve something that is potentially beyond their abilities. In addition, people with severe and multiple handicaps often experience very limited psychological and sensory stimulation, particularly in institutional care, and have a limited degree of control and choice in all aspects of their lives. Multi-sensory therapy was developed as a leisure resource for people with learning disabilities and designed to be both a relaxing and a stimulating environment which is failure-free (because there is no specific task to be completed, nor goal to achieve) and in which individuals can choose, control and explore the stimuli around them.

Dementia care

Various published research and anecdotal reports have suggested that multi-sensory therapy can have a positive effect on patients with dementia and related behavioural problems. However, as in the field of learning disabilities, valid empirical research in this area is limited owing to studies that lack control conditions and/or have small numbers of subjects. This research has indicated that multi-sensory therapy may have a positive effect on the mood of those with dementia, in terms of an increase in observers’ ratings of happiness, enjoyment and relaxation, and a reduction in sadness, fear and boredom (e.g., Moffat et al, 1993; Pinkney, 1997; Baker et al, 1998). These and other studies have also indicated that multi-sensory therapy may increase patients’ attentiveness to their environment (Moffat et al, 1993; Baker et al, 1998; Spaull et al, 1998), increase appropriate communication (Baker et al, 1998) and reduce the occurrence of socially disturbed and challenging behaviour (Kragt et al, 1997; Spaull et al, 1998). However, out of all the above studies, only two (Pinkney, 1997; Baker et al, 1998) included an appropriate control condition and only one (Baker et al, 1998) included a suitable number of subjects. Baker et al concluded that multi-sensory therapy is particularly appropriate for people with moderate or severe dementia, where more structured approaches may fail, and they reported that the staff involved felt that it promoted relaxation in agitated patients and stimulated unresponsive ones.

As in learning disabilities, many of the above studies refer to the positive effect that multi-sensory therapy can have on staff morale and relationships with patients by providing the opportunity to share a non-instrumental activity and gain insight into the individuals for whom they care.

Pain management

There is much published research into the use of multi-sensory therapy in the management of chronic pain (e.g. Schofield, 2000), and it has been shown to reduce recorded pain levels, depression and disability of functioning (e.g. physical, psychosocial, sleep) and to help sufferers cope.

Outcomes of the Sensory Environment

  • Social integration, Decrease isolation and withdrawal
  • Increased Focus, Alertness and Cognition
  • Quality of Life
  • Social well-being, Maintain and/or increase communication
  • Independence / Inclusion

Treatment Assistance With

  • Cycles of wandering aimlessly
  • Aggressive and other challenging behaviors
  • Agitated Behavior
  • Declining Speech
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Setting the Environment

Accommodates and provided access throughout the center

  • Offers tactile, visual, sound, smell, kinetics and abundant sensory opportunities
  • Offers an array of skill-building gross motor and fine motor activities
  • Offers learning opportunities for all levels of ability
  • Offers an extensive array of interactive and empowering opportunities
  • Provides a space for class or one-on-one therapy and group work
  • Creates the opportunities for life enhancement outside the individual’s usual frame of reference

Goals

  • To increase the quality if care in care homes by offering support in the areas of pro-active holistic Touch, Movement and Sensory Stimulation Therapy.
  • To assist in the creation of an environment that allows for optimal pleasure in the areas of Touch, Movement and Sensory Stimulation.
  • To educate and create an awareness of the benefits of Touch, Movement and Sensory Stimulation in a Multi-Sensory Intervention Environment.

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