More schools are embracing the concept of replacing time out/punishment and even suspension with rooms for quiet retreats. The terms can be widely varied from Quiet Spaces, to Mindfulness Rooms to Mindful Moment Spaces but all have a common goal: to create a sensory time in area where students can disconnect from the outside world to reconnect with breath, body and internal awareness for self-regulation and calming. The results for some schools have been overwhelmingly positive.
Ready to create your chill zone space? Whether classroom, clinic, or at home, there are a number of affordable must-haves that may help make it more versatile. Check out this list of ideas for creating an affordable and calming sensory space.
Sensory Spaces: Tools for Creating a Calming Environment
All students have their own preferences and ways of interacting with the tools in a calming sensory space. Offering a few different solutions in a calming sensory area can help children to discover and use the right fit for them.
Relaxing Sensory Tools & Fidgets
Deep Touch Pressure
Noise Canceling Headphones
More Sensory Space and Sensory Processing Ideas and Inspiration
If you’re looking for more great ideas for creating an engaging sensory space, or helping students to find and use sensory processing solutions, be sure to check out the other blogs on the Special Needs category page. Also stop by the online store to find hundreds of high quality, specially designed products for students with special needs.