Has anyone made a sensory room/area?

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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i am thinking about making a sensory area in home, or a quiet place to go besides one hiding under table and one in the pantry. Got no clue where to begin

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Mandee - posted on 04/09/2010

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Start by finding what sensory items work best for your child, and begin to introduce them into their room, current play area, the living room, etc. We have a small "tent" our little girl crawls in, with music and headphones since they calm her. She takes her blanket in there, and lays listening to music when really upset. She also has a chair that spins and one that rocks that are placed in different areas of the house since she often finds motion to be helpful. We also have a vibrating "lady bug" she takes to school and she squeezes when she is stressed out. There are also a number of companies that you can order "supplies" from. Ask your OT people if they have a catalog and specific items they could recommend for your child.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/06/2010

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I am planning on doing the same thing. My son's OT recommended that he have a bean bag chair in the quiet/sensory area. She also recommended that it be in a corner of a room especially if you can't do a whole room. Other than that I'm not sure how to go about it either.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/08/2010

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My school district has a sensory room that has a black light room. They have painted the walls black and put small glow in the dark stickers on the ceiling. They also have lava lights and disco balls. If you can do a swing that would be great. Balls and anything to crawl into to feel safe like a barrel or a tent. Textures on the walls or floors are also good.

Heather - posted on 04/08/2010

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The key with my son was to make his room into what he wanted, not what I envisioned. Currently the walls are white with chocolate brown trim and he has earthy greens and browns and a lot of wood. He likes elves (lord of the rings kind not Santa's) and we are slowly heading toward a woodelevn theme. With him it has made very difference. I even have more than one bookcase in his room so he yu-gi-oh cards can be kept in their "deck" piles and stored neatly. he also prefers his bed on the floor.

Naomi - posted on 04/08/2010

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not sure if this is helpful and you probably already know this but i found that making my son a lycra 'tube' was helpful too. he can climb in and out of it or just put it on and walk around. helps with the needing to be 'squished' if your child needs that type of sensory input (unlike my older asd girl who hate that kind of thing). and it's stretchy and allows some movement. my little one likes the silky feel too...

sorry, a bit off topic

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Dianne - posted on 05/03/2010

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We made a quiet space in our living room by taking one of those octagon gates aplitting it in half and stacking them up and securing them together. Then we draped sheets over it to make it tent like. Our boys love it. We r gonna make a sensory room in our basement for them. I got a great catalouge from therapro.com that has lots of great sensory, tactile, etc items.

Michelle - posted on 04/12/2010

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We turned our dining room into a sensory room (we eat at the breakfast nook). It has a rubber-maid bin (the dresser type) with various toys: spinners balls, chewies ect. My best friend also made her a hiding area by taking a hula hoop and sewing fabric around it some solid some sheer and we hung it from the ceiling, she has a bean bag chair and a tunnel to hide in, by the bean bag chair we have a basket of fidgets and book in one corner the is a trampoline, it works great we I see her getting worked up I ask her to go to her sensory room and make a choices to help her engine run right(We are using how does your engine run good luck, ps when we started we had a bean bag chair and some blankets she could hide in

Misty - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son has Asperger's and he has a lot of sensory issues. He goes to his room and lies on his bed face down a lot. His autism tech suggested that we just designate a corner of a room and let him know that is his special place to go when he needs a break. She said don't confuse it with timeout have two completely separate areas. You could do a bean bag chair or something for them. I hope this helps I know if you are like me you try and try to make your child's life easier for them.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2010

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I think you can start small if you want, and build it as you go. Be creative in how you "block" out the things your child needs to get away from. We started by clearing out a small corner of the living room, putting 3 large bean bag chairs and a small rocker all together, with a plastic tote of pinto beans for him to run his hands through or to play with, and a smaller tote with baby bean bags (like those in a toss game) and a place to throw them. We blocked the area with some tall items (started with a fake ficus type plant and some other tall things), then moved the bean bags into a pop up tent. Also, we kept a small mini-trampoline in the house (I used an inexpensive one from Wal-Mart's exercise section), that he can use at any time. Now we have a swing too, but we started slowly and built up. Hope this helps.

Naomi - posted on 04/07/2010

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my sons room is both sensory and quiet. it is a very small room which makes him feel secure and he has a little 'squishy spot' that he can cram himself into for comfort.

i am lucky as my son has been able to adapt to having two different uses for his room - so long as it is routine everything works smoothly and it helps him to know if it is play time or quiet time.

Cherish - posted on 04/07/2010

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Hi,

We made our sons room into a sensory area.

Here is a link to the pic(I think)

He has a loft w/a slide above his bed,a net swing in the middle of the room and off to the right there is a climber thing...

I am working on making his closet a sensory/calm down place.

I get my things from a guy who makes them MUCH cheaper,we are in CO,and he MAY be able to ship them,but if not I could....



Ok the link does not go to his room photo...just go back one pic and it will be there....lol



http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=33...

Stephanie - posted on 04/07/2010

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thanks for the replies, i need to make a sensory room for her, as well as a quiet area. when overloaded at the moment she hides under my dining table. The other child hides in the food pantry. i will look on ebay too...

Emma - posted on 04/06/2010

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We are slowly making a sensory garden.We rent so everything is in pots and can be moved easy. there is a lot of colours and textures and smells which my son loves!! (you just need to be careful not to have any dangerous plants if the kid is likely to eat it cause mine does) As for indoors he is really good and just goes and lies down in his bedroom which is dark if he has had to much sensory stimulation.

But when we go to a playgroup for autistic children there is a cloth pop up tent which is dark with lots of cushions for if one of them gets overloaded.


At his school which he attends 2 days a week there is a sensory room which he loves. It has a mirrorball on the roof and a corner with plastic fiber optic light string things that hang down and you can walk through. There also have boxes on the wall that have mystery sounds or textures inside etc.

I guess the question is are you looking to give you child a place with a lot of sensory stimulation or a place to get away from to much sensory stimulation???

Clare - posted on 04/06/2010

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hi im thinking of doing the same but like you havnt a clue as to where to start...i have tho found some sensory bits on ebay dont no if this is any use to you

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