The sensory room at Ruby’s Fund is a fantastic resource. It’s a calming and non-threatening environment which has many features including a large bubble tube, ball pool, music, aromatherapy, infinity panel, fibre optics, and projector lighting. If you’ve never used a sensory room before please ask a member of our team to show you how to use the equipment. See the room here.
The sensory room is open to all during open play sessions. Please check the website timetable for these sessions as they change weekly and monthly due to other sessions.
We run quiet times in the sensory room during termtime so our users who need the room to be calmer can use it. Please see signs in the centre for when these apply.
The sensory room cost £24,000 which was raised through fundraising and grant applications so we have a few rules to keep it in good condition.
Read all about our sensory room in the blog here
Why does a sensory room help those with Autism?
Sensory Rooms are a great way to create a controlled, relaxing, calming and stimulating environment for all users. We have found that children and young people with autism have really benefitted from using our sensory room.
We know that people with Autism can often have trouble with Sensory Integration, which can be the cause of problems in development, information processing and behaviour. They have difficulty making connections between their tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive sensory systems, any of which can be overactive or not active enough as a person interacts with their environment.
We support families with a child or young person with Autism who is having trouble with sensory integration, by using our sensory room as a tool to help to create coping skills for them, so that they can navigate stimulating environments better.
Our sensory room provides a variety of controlled sensory simulators perfect for people with Autism and other special needs. They can help enhance concentration, attention and alertness in autistic people who are easily distracted.
Our sensory room equipment includes