Components of an Effective Sensory Room

Posted by Karen on 30th November 2022

YOU are the most important element in a Multi Sensory Room!

The equipment is important but you as a willing, cheerful facilitator make the room come alive and give it purpose. Consider the following when starting to plan your Sensory Room.

We can help you put all these components together with our free consultation and design service. Contact us at to get things started.

A sensory room can be many things but in order for it to be effective you have to keep a few things in mind.

  • Flexibility
  • Opportunities without overwhelming
  • Positive attitude of facilitator
  • Staff involvement
  • Supervision
  • Ease of use

Establish the goals of your sensory room.

  • Relaxation
  • Stimulation
  • Motor Skills Development
  • Combination Room

Staff Approach

  • Establish continual training. (We have a professional Sensory Room Trainer to meet your needs)
  • Value the clients.
  • Be responsive to clients communication (sounds, facial expressions, body language).
  • Have a facilitator attitude
  • Be sensitive and caring.
  • Employ a non-directive approach.
  • Make the clients feel safe and secure.
  • Be creative in the environment.
  • Follow client and support them.
  • Have an effective assessment tool to document sessions and progress.

Size of Space

  • Really can be any size space by itself or within a room.
  • Smaller spaces are better for calming/relaxing sensory rooms.
  • Larger spaces work well for sensory gyms and combination rooms.
  • Combination rooms are best separated by a curtain or partition for definition.