Breaking down barriers to learning
Does your multi sensory room follow the AAA principles?
The most successful sensory room designs are those based on the needs of the learners who use the space. Here’s where the ‘AAA’ principles of room design fit in:
Availability: Your multisensory tools and equipment need to be available when you need them – and to work first time. It’sfrustrating to reach a ‘breakthrough’ moment, only for it to be ruined when you can’t find the right tool, or it doesn’t work! Good storage, organisation and regular maintenance are essential. Do you need a multisensory room coordinator?
Appropriateness: Does your m multisensory room suit thelearning strengths and needs of the learners using it? Is differentiation of the curriculum easy to achieve in your sensory room? You may be projecting large images for a geography lesson, but do you have small tactile objects available for those kinaesthetic/tactile learners?
Achievability: Is your sensory space a flexible, immersive space that can be changed in an instant? Simplicity is the best way forward. Why have lots of complicated equipment, which no-one will use, when you can have a few, easy to operate and effective multisensory tools that will be in continuous use?
Need some cheap and cheerful inspriation for your multi sensory space? Have a look at the iON Party Ball!