School operations

Sensory Rooms and Equipment

Furnishing sensory rooms

Schools should critically consider recommendations for purchasing equipment for sensory rooms especially where such recommendations are made directly from suppliers of such equipment or from those who have a financial investment in such recommendations.

Sensory rooms do not need to be furnished with expensive commercial products. Some simple and inexpensive resources for sensory rooms include:

  • blowing bubbles, running water
  • items from nature, for example: leaves, flowers, seed pods
  • toys with moving parts
  • differently textured materials, for example: soft, hard, furry, rough and so on
  • music
  • physical movement
Guidance chapter outlining important considerations for furnishing sensory rooms

Reviewed 11 June 2020

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