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SENSORY DESIGN

Does your multi sensory room follow the AAA principles?. The most successful sensory room designs are those based on the needs of the pupils or students who use the space.

Here’s where the ‘AAA’ principles of room design fit in:

Availability

Appropriateness

Achievability 


Availability –  Your multi sensory tools & equipment need to be available when you need it – and to wor first time. It’s frustrating to reach a ‘breakthrough’ moment for it to be ruined when you can’t find the right tool or it doesn’t work!  Good storage, organisation and regular maintenance is essential. Do you need a multi sensory room coordinator in school?

Appropriateness – Does your multi sensory room  suit the learning styles & needs of the pupils & students who use 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 the small tactile objects available for those kinaesthetic/tactile learners?Achievability – Is your sensory space a flexible, immersive space that can change in an instant? Simplicity is the best way forward – why have lots of complicated equipment (that no-one will use) when you can have a few, easy to operate & effective multi sensory tools which will be in continuous use?

As well as simplicity, the key themes we promote at Hirstwood Training for successful multi sensory room design are:

Do you need an innovative ‘blank canvas’ sensory studio?

Would a traditional multi sensory room benefit your learners?Either room needs the development of a set of ‘tools’, which enable the practitioner to create new sensory learning experiences.