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Outdoor Sensory Room

Using an Edspace Edpod as a sensory room combines the benefits of a controlled environment, customizable sensory inputs, and the flexibility to adapt to the needs of different users. This makes it an ideal solution for creating a supportive and therapeutic space for individuals with sensory processing challenges, especially for individuals with sensory processing challenges, such as those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, or sensory processing disorder (SPD).

Here’s how an Edpod can be effectively utilized as a sensory room

Sensory Equipment

Sensory Tools: Equip the Edpod with various sensory tools such as weighted blankets, sensory swings, tactile toys, and fidget tools. These items can help individuals self-regulate their sensory needs. 

Visual Stimulation: Incorporate bubble tubes, projectors with moving images, or fish tanks to provide gentle visual stimuli that can be both calming and engaging. 

Safety and Accessibility

Safe Space: Ensure the Edpod is a safe environment with soft edges, non-slip flooring, and secure fixtures to prevent injuries. 

Accessibility Features: Design the space to be easily accessible for individuals with mobility challenges, ensuring there is enough space for wheelchairs or other assistive devices. 

Private Space: The Edpod offers a private area where individuals can retreat to manage sensory overload independently, fostering a sense of autonomy. 

Quiet Time: It can serve as a designated quiet space for individuals who need a break from sensory stimuli, helping them to reset and return to their activities with reduced stress. 

Controlled Environment

Customizable Sensory Inputs: The Edpod can be tailored to control various sensory inputs, such as light, sound, texture, and temperature. This controlled environment helps reduce overstimulation and creates a calming space. 

Soundproofing: The Edpod’s built in insulation will minimize external noise, which is crucial for individuals sensitive to auditory stimuli. 

Design and Setup

Lighting Options: Incorporate dimmable lights or colour-changing LED lights to create a soothing atmosphere. Gentle, adjustable lighting can help in calming overstimulated individuals. 

Textured Surfaces and Materials: Use soft furnishings, tactile wall panels, and cushioned flooring to provide various tactile experiences. 

Calming Colours: Choose colours that are known to have a calming effect, such as soft blues, greens, and pastels. 

Technology Integration

Interactive Devices: Use interactive screens or tablets with sensory-friendly apps and programs designed for relaxation and sensory engagement. 

Music and Sound: Install a sound system to play calming music, nature sounds, or white noise. This can be particularly beneficial for auditory processing. 

Therapeutic Activities

Occupational Therapy Tools: Include equipment used in occupational therapy, such as therapy balls, balance boards, and resistance bands to aid in physical and sensory development. 

Mindfulness and Relaxation: Designate areas for mindfulness activities, deep breathing exercises, or guided meditation to promote relaxation and stress relief.