Benefits of Multi-Sensory Environments
Neuro atypical people experience the world very differently than most of us do. There are multiple reasons for this reality, including challenges related to vision, hearing, movement, touch, taste, and smell. Cognitive challenges and behavioral disturbances also make experiencing the world in a safe way difficult.
These realities represent barriers for people with cognitive challenges, encountered every day, so the benefits of multi-sensory environments are enormous, creating safe spaces for children with special needs.
Multi-Sensory environments allow quality interaction with environmental stimulants in a controlled setting, allowing for enhanced intellectual, problem-solving and social skills.
Atypical sensory processing
Children on the ASD scale process stimuli in the world around them differently. They may be one of either hypersensitive (high sensitivity) or hyposensitive (low sensitivity).
This divergence from neurotypical children represents a different way of understanding the environment – sounds, smells, textures, movement – which does not imply impairment. Rather, this feature of ASD implies a difference in perspective. ASD children’s divergent experience can illuminate the world around us due to the way they perceive and experience it.
A multi-sensory response
Multi-sensory environments allow children who either overrespond or underrespond to environmental stimuli to experience them on their own terms. The controlled nature of these environments removes the perceived threat of “doing it wrong”, as there’s no “error” in exploration.
Children experiencing these purpose-built environments see material improvement in concentration, focus, alertness and even mobility. Social relations and communications, as well as sensory responses, are enhanced.
In the multi-sensory environment, ASD children and others struggling with sensory stimuli are offered a non-judgmental space in which their perceptions are informed by activities which have been created to improve their relationships with sensory stimuli in any given environment.
When children feel secure, they’re more able to connect the dots which may have eluded them. In a multi-sensory environment, children are liberated to encounter stimuli and to examine them where they stand. They control the action, which imparts a sense of mastery, demystifying sensory input, while making it less threatening.
The benefits are huge
Children who have access to a multi-sensory environment experience their senses as fun. Enabled to directly decide which experience they’ll have, they become explorers in a world of sensation which has been contained into an emotionally and physically manageable reality.
They learn about cause and effect and develop key skills which allow them to more competently navigate the world around them.
Awareness is heightened in a positive way, as motor development and coordination are improved. Because the multi-sensory environment is secure, children enjoy a setting uniquely suited to building creativity. At the same time, it’s them making the choices, empowering them with self-determination.
Stress is mitigated, while language is more fully developed. Children in these environments thus become more comfortable with communicating and sharing with their peer groups. With greatly improved ability to manage sensory input, the lives of ASD children become less challenging.
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