School operations

Sensory Rooms

Definition of sensory room

A sensory room is a controlled and intentionally created space that provides multi-sensory resources to support a student’s sensory needs to enable them to engage in learning.

Sensory rooms are less preferable than providing sensory interventions (activities / resources / experiences) within regular learning spaces such as classrooms.

Not all schools require a sensory room and not all students will benefit from using a sensory room. Schools must critically reflect on their need for a sensory room, acknowledging that their establishment, operation and maintenance can take considerable time, resources and funds.

Guidance chapter defining sensory room and explaining their place in a school

Reviewed 27 May 2020

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