A multi-sensory space provides a safe, non-threatening environment for people with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences.
Controlled sensory experiences can both calm and stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. Movement and vibration is also included. Multisensory rooms have been researched to be helpful in mental health settings.
With regular exposure, an MSE can be beneficial in improving concentration and focus as well as mobilisation, and promote creativity, cognitive development, social, and communication skills. They have also been shown to reduce repetitive behaviour, anxiety, apathy and restlessness in people with developmental disabilities and dementia for example.
The Sensory Hub is one of the few multisensory environments open to the public. With the increasing pace of life in this day and age and increasing amounts of anxiety and depression, the MSE is helpful for anyone in our community whether you have a diagnosis or not!
The sensory Hub also employs Occupational Therapists, who work from a "sensory perspective" in addition to Therapy Assistants. All work both within a persons home and in the Sensory Hub.