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Sensory Rooms and Chill Out Zones for Commercial Spaces

Sensory rooms can be a lifeline for people with learning disabilities or sensory processing disorders – the market for the specially built rooms is now huge and the benefits have been recognised for years. This week we are looking at some of the benefits of installing a sensory room at home or in a business, plus, the closely associated rise of so called ‘chill out areas’ in commercial spaces.

What is a Sensory Room?

A sensory room is a specially designed space which features a range of apparatus and technology designed to help people develop and engage with their surroundings. Equipment included usually incorporates lights, colour, sounds, soft play areas and aromas – all within a safe place which allows users to explore their environment in a safe way.

Sensory rooms are typically used by people with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments and can be installed in a variety of places. Care centres, hospitals and educational facilities are just some of the places you may find a sensory room; they can even be installed in domestic properties for families to enjoy.


What are the benefits of installing a sensory room?

There are a range of benefits that sensory room users can benefit from; this is all dependant on the individual and what they respond to. Some of the benefits include;

Stimulation and engagement – by providing a space that is stimulating, a user can be encouraged to interact with their surroundings and explore. This type of play can encourage some people to then begin to engage with the world around them when not in a sensory room.

Learning through play –sensory rooms can help engage different areas of the brain; this is particularly beneficial to children who are more receptive to learning when in such an environment. Sensory rooms can help people absorb and retain information easier, making learning less stressful.

Improved motor skills – day to day living can be improved with the use of a sensory room as some people who use them are able to develop better visual processing abilities, fine and gross motor skills and awareness of the world around them.

Calming behaviour – sensory rooms are particularly helpful for people who are overactive or become easily distressed. A calming sensory room can provide relief for those who struggle with the world around them and express this with behaviour that may be harmful to themselves and others.

Sensory rooms are also useful tools for therapists, carers and parents to help understand the individual they are working with. By observing reactions and play in a sensory room, care givers can work out what the user responds positively or negatively to. This information can then be used in other situations to help provide better care or enhanced learning for people with learning difficulties.

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All you need to know about Sensory Room products.

Chill out zones for business

It is well documented that sensory rooms are excellent for helping calm and relax people who may become easily distressed or have trouble processing sensory input in the ‘real world’. These people usually have learning difficulties or sensory disorders, but it is also now being recognised that many people who aren’t diagnosed with any condition also struggle with overload of the senses.

This is especially common in workplaces that feature noisy offices or intensive work areas. Some steps have been taken by businesses to create break out areas to help combat stress on employees but all too often these areas end up as another meeting room or people to use whilst talking on the phone. This means that people who need to take a rest from their work often can’t find an appropriate area to do so.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2017/18 was 595,000, a prevalence rate of 1,800 per 100,000 workers. New style chill out areas and breakaway rooms are intended for relaxing and breaks from work and to help combat the prevalence of work related stress.

These areas usually feature soft furnishings and provide a calming environment, away from the noise of the office or shop floor. Employees can use these areas to read, relax or even nap!


Contact iHUS

iHUS are passionate about transforming lives – whether this is through installing sensory rooms, chill out zones or Changing Places toilets. We are committed to making life easier for the people that need the most support.
If you are interested in installing a sensory room or chill out area, then please get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements in more detail.

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If you simply have a question for us, please submit your details, along with a quick message, and we’ll back to you ASAP. You can also reach us on 0808 1641111 or email us at enquiries@ihusprojects.com

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