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Sensory Rooms In Shopping Centres

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In this blog, we’re going to outline the benefits of having a sensory room in a shopping centre. We’re also going to highlight the importance of improving the shopping experience for those with autism, Asperger’s, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions that may cause sensory overload.

As Christmas creeps closer, shopping centres around the UK get busier and busier. Online shopping may have changed the way many of us shop, but when it comes to Christmas shopping, the high street is still the place to be.

Shopping centres have it all. As well as browsing a wide variety of stores and snapping up in-store-only deals, shoppers can also enjoy lunch with their family, or a relaxing coffee with friends. But for those who struggle with sensory overload, shopping can be a dreadful experience for themselves and their family.

What Is A Sensory Room?

A sensory room is a relaxing space that uses soft lights, colours, sensory soft play objects, aromas, sounds and a variety of textures to gently engage the senses. Sensory rooms can create a particularly calming experience for those who struggle with sensory overload, often referred to as a ‘meltdown’.
We have answered your top questions about sensory rooms here.

You can opt for a Modular Sensory Room or alternatively, you can adapt a space that you already have. A modular sensory room is manufactured to your specification in our factory before being delivered to your site and professionally installed.

How Can A Sensory Room Benefit My Customers?

For an individual who struggles with sensory overload, visiting a shopping centre can be an incredibly daunting experience. The bustling crowds, constant noise, change in lighting and various other factors can cause one or more of the body’s senses to experience over-stimulation.

This can be extremely overwhelming, upsetting and even painful for an individual. A sensory room will provide somewhere calm and relaxing for individuals to go when they are feeling overwhelmed with their surroundings.
Families who have a child with autism, Asperger’s, ADHD or anxiety etc. are more likely to travel further to visit a shopping centre with a sensory room rather than go to a shopping centre that doesn’t meet their needs.
Similarly, adults who struggle with sensory overload will be able to shop in confidence within your shopping centre knowing there’s a safe space to go when it all gets a little bit too much.

How Can A Sensory Room Benefit My Business?

As a shopping centre manager or owner, it is in the best interest of your business to improve your shopping centre for those with disabilities.

Studies carried about by The Purple Pound, found that the shopping sector is losing £267 million every month by ignoring the needs of those with disabilities. By making changes to your shopping centre, such as adding a sensory room, you can attract a wider range of customers.

A sensory room also demonstrates that your business is accessible and welcoming to those who may struggle with tasks that the rest of us take for granted (such as shopping). By attracting a wider range of customers to your business, you will increase your turnover.

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Other Ways To Improve The Shopping Experience

As well as introducing a Sensory Room to your shopping centre, there are additional ways you can improve the shopping experience for your customers who have disabilities, disorders or impairments.

For example, many supermarkets and stores have introduced Autism Hour for their customers. By dimming the bright store lights and switching off the music, businesses are creating a calmer atmosphere for their autistic customers. This is an initiative that has taken off around the UK and sees people with autistic family members shop comfortably for an hour every Saturday morning.

Another way you can improve the shopping experience is to introduce a Changing Places facility to your shopping centre. Changing Places toilets are far better than standard disability toilets as they are completely accessible with extra equipment and sufficient space. Changing Places toilets provide a safe, accessible space for people with profound and multiple learning/physical disabilities.

Get In Touch

If you would like to know more about having a Modular Sensory Room in your shopping centre, or if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Here at iHUS, we design and provide specialist sensory room solutions, offering a choice of modular design options. Each sensory room is constructed off-site, then transported to its new home and expertly installed with all the specified equipment. Alternatively, we can adapt a space you have with all the necessary sensory equipment required to create the perfect sensory room.

So, once we have installed the sensory room, it is ready to be enjoyed by your customers and visitors straight away. It is a streamlined, cost-effective solution for providing the ultimate safe space and calming experience in your shopping centre.

Get in touch

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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