Sensory Room Design


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TFH Sensory Room Benefits and Features
TFH Multi Sensory Rooms are known to produce a wide range of positive results for all ages, abilities, neurodiverse, and neurotypical struggling with cognitive, emotional and physical challenges. Multi Sensory Rooms provide dedicated, flexible spaces where individuals experience a range of visual, auditory, olfactory, vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile stimuli.

These rooms are designed to create a feeling of comfort and safety where the individual can relax, explore and enjoy their surroundings.

They vary in their appearance and in the equipment they contain and are designed to meet the needs of a particular client group. Typically the rooms are painted white or a pastel shade which optimizes the effects of the projected light and have blacked out windows to exclude extraneous light. Ceiling lighting in the room is dimmed to allow for a separation from normal daily activities and routines and to allow focus to be transferred to the equipment in the room.

Equipment that is common to many Multi Sensory Rooms includes the following.

Bubble Tubes - To provide visual, auditory and tactile sensations.
Fiber Optics Sprays - Long pleasing tactile strands which change color and can be draped or held by the clients.
Projectors - Project moving abstract and detailed images onto the walls, floors, curtains and clients.
Mirror Ball & Pinspot Light - To project moving shapes around the room.
Music System - Music is key to manage the level of arousal in the sensory room.
Aromatherapy Diffuser - The olfactory system is often overlooked but essential to the sensory room process.
Switches - To allow client to control the sensations in the room.
Ball Pools - Provides a excellent method of proprioceptive input whether traditional or resonance.
Waterbeds - Another unique experience that provides proprioceptive input necessary to calm or stimulate.
Positioning furniture - Aids in further relaxation when clients can change from constant positions to the unique shapes of our seating options.

TFH USA provides a variety of options with our Multi Sensory equipment. Your TFH Multi Sensory Room Consultant can assist you in choosing the correct equipment for your clients/students/loved one and designing a sensory room that is effective for positive outcomes.

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Installing a Multi Sensory Room will affect the staff as well as the clients. TFH believes that every staff member can be quickly trained to the the Multi Sensory equipment safely. The benefits of the Multi Sensory Room depend upon the space becoming a part of the life of the facility. Within a few weeks of use, staff will begin to see improvements in the clients using the Multi-Sensory Environment regularly.

How Does A Multi Sensory Room Work?

The root philosophy is that everyone is affected by their environment. This simple idea was developed during the 1970s in Holland where pioneers, Ad Verheul and Jan Hulsegge, successfully used music, aroma, and colored lights to improve the living conditions of residents in mental institutions.  

They called this work "Snoezelen" which is  translated as "to sniff" and "to doze". In the United States, the term Multi Sensory Room is synonomous with Snoezelen rooms. Multi Sensory Rooms were originally developed as a leisure resource for people with special needs to be both a relaxing and stimulating place that offers failure-free activities where clients can choose control and explore the stimuli around them.

Research has shown that prolonged or frequent restriction of appropriate and understandable stimulation can lead to negative psychological outcomes. Not only the amount, but also the variation of stimulation is important. 

Monotonous unchanging stimulation can be as negative as no stimulation at all. Physical, sensory and cognitive impairments further reduce the amount of stimulation an individual receives. Impaired cognitive ability also restricts a person's ability to make sense of the stimulation that is received. Such deprivation can lead to negative outcomes such as anxiety, stress, depression, withdrawal and reduced motivation or agitation and disturbed behavior. 

Specific stimulation of the primary senses in an environment that excludes all extraneous stimulation makes perception and interpretation of those sensations easier for clients to understand and alleviates the effects of deprivation. The stimulation can then be adapted according to the individual responses, thus making the experience increasingly appropriate and positive. 

It is often difficult to find recreational activities that are enjoyable and age appropriate for people with special needs. Many conventional therapies from other fields of care are unsuitable for those with multiple physical and mental limitations because they place expections on the client to attempt or achieve something that is potentially beyond their abilities. Also people with limited sensory and psychological stimulation have a reduced degree of control and choice in their lives. Multi Sensory Rooms provide the opportunity for these people to take control of their environment in turn providing the opportunity to experience self determination and increased self esteem. 

Who Uses A Multi Sensory Room?

A Multi Sensory Room is a toolkit which can be utilized in so many ways in classrooms, clinics, and at home. Anyone with sensory issues or diminished senses can benefit from time spent in a sensory room. Age is not a limiting factor. 

Areas where Multi-Sensory Environments have been effective are:
  • ~ Autism Therapy
  • ~ Severe/Profound/Pervasive Developmental Delay
  • ~ Physical Disabilities
  • ~ Mental Illness Therapy
~ Traumatic Brain Injury
~ Alzheimer's/Dementia
~ Occupational Therapy
~ Behavioral Health
~ Physical Therapy
~ Special Education Programming
~ Learning Disabilities
~ Pain Control
~ Surgical Recovery        
~ Trauma-Informed Care         
  ....and many more.

TFH has designed and installed over 3,000 Multi Sensory Rooms providing safe and stimulating spaces in a variety of settings including: 
  • ~ Homes
  • ~ Schools
  • ~ Hospitals
  • ~ Nursing Homes
  • ~ Development Centers
  • ~ Mental Health Facilities
  • ~ Autism Programs
  • ~ Early Childhood Programs
  • ~ Day Treatment Programs (children & adults), Group Homes
  • ~ Rehabilitation Centers
  • ~ Hospices
  • ~ Memory Care Units and many others.

What Are The Benefits of Multi Sensory Rooms?

There are a wide array of benefits associated with Multi Sensory Rooms. Here are just a few...
~ Control of the environment and other events that influence the user.
~ Relaxation
~ Improved concentration
~ Better social interaction
~ Increased positive mood
~ Improved hand/eye coordination
~ Development of language
~ Increased opportunity for choice
~ Development of cause and effect
~ Passive stimulation
~ Promote communication and sharing
~ Opportunity for human touch
~ Reduction is stereotypical self-stimulating behaviors.

How Much Does A Multi Sensory Room Cost?

Cost for a Multi Sensory Room can vary depending on the size of the room and the equipment recommended for the population you serve. A typical well-equipped sensory room for a school or clinic averages around $8,000-$15,000 and with proper care can last for approximately 10 years; about the cost of a cup of coffee a day for your favorite cafe. Home installations can vary according to your budget. We have smaller-scaled equipment to suit homes. We can work with any budget and any size space.

We know money for these rooms can be hard to come by and we want to help you get the most bang for your buck by recommending the appropriate equipment.  Our knowledgeable consultants will work with you to design the most effective sensory room for those you work with and your budget. We have many options to choose from.

Get in touch with us, we can help you get started on your Multi Sensory Room today.

Call for our free, no obligation consultation at 800-467-6222 or email

Sensory Rooms are an investment and we understand funding can be a challenge. That is why we created a list to help.

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What is required for installation?

A TFH Sensory Room installation typically take less than a week and sometimes we can be in and out in a couple of days. We have an experienced installer and your consultant can provide you with a quote for this service. However, most installations are straightforward and many facility management personnel or handymen are able to install the equipment with our designs. We are always available to assist your installer. 

How Do I Get Started With My Multi Sensory Room?

TFH consultation and design professionals will help you get the most from your budget and space. We have over 30 years experience in designing and installing Multi Sensory Rooms so we know a thing or two about what needs to be considered when developing a sensory room. There may be more than you think, so contact us as early as possible We can pass along valuable advice to architects, builders and especially electricians.

TFH is dedicated to helping you create the Multi Sensory Room that will work effectively with your clients. Having done thousands of sensory rooms over the years, we are the leading provider worldwide!

We offer a totally free of charge no obligation consultation and design service where we will consult with you either in person, via the telephone or Skype/Facetime/Zoom and discuss with you your goals, how we can help and offer recommendations. Based on this discussion we will than draw up a scaled plan of our proposal and an itemized quotation including, if required, the installation of all the equipment. We also work closely with builders and architects as Multi Sensory Rooms need numerous electrical points. We can submit electrical plans for the room as well. However, these plans are not set in concrete and we are happy to keep working with you until you are completely happy. Once you have confirmed you want to proceed, we will arrange with you a convenient time for us to come in and install the room. When everything is installed to your satisfaction, the TFH Sensory Room will be ready to go and we will then run through with you and your staff how all the equipment works.

Do you have training available?

With the increased popularity of sensory rooms in the U.S., there are many different philosophies on how they are used; relaxation or therapy. We believe there is room for both philosophies and you should have flexibility based on the population you are serving. That is why we have partnered with the co-founder of Snoezelen, Ad Verheul, the International Snoezelen Association and the American Association of Multi Sensory Environments to ensure that we are not only designing your sensory room to meet both of these needs, but that you have the opportunity to train with experts in the field on uses of your sensory room/space. 

We have available a variety of educational opportunities with Dr. Anthony McCrovitz, a world-leader in Sensory Room education. He will conduct both online and onsite trainings for your school or organization on a variety of set topics or trainings can be tailored to fit your particular circumstances.

For information on trainings, contact:

Karen Pool ( or 800-467-6222. 

For information on Sensory Room Design, contact:
TFH Special Needs Toys
Tel: 800-467-6222