Create a Multi-Sensory Environment

A safe and relaxing sensory environment offers comfort and supports learning.

A Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) is a dedicated space or room where sensory stimulation is available. It is designed to allow passive or active control of the sensory environment.

Passive MSEs involve no control or adjustment from the therapist, and are typically used to help calm and relax, and support students as they process the world around them.

Active MSEs provide a space where a variety of interventions can be tailored to meet needs quickly and easily. Benefits can be therapeutic, educational, or focused depending on how the sensory equipment is used. For example, object recognition, context, and sequencing activities can be purposeful goals of an active MSE.

There are many options available, and our experts can help you choose the best solutions to meet the needs of your students.

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Key Benefits

Calm Down and Reorganize

A non-threatening environment increases relaxation, which lowers the instances of undesired behaviors.


Enhance Learning

Stimulation can be used to engage different areas of the brain, helping children absorb and retain more information.


Improve Concentration and Focus

Varied optical, acoustic, olfactory and tactile stimuli promote increased brain function.


Improve Motor Development

Help develop visual processing abilities to support students as they integrate information about touch, balance, and body awareness.


Promote Emotional Well-Being

Finding and experiencing stimulation suitable for their systems promotes greater levels of happiness and well-being.


Encourage Socialization

A safe and supervised space encourages a stress-free interaction with others.


Elements of a Multi-Sensory Environment can Include:

Bubble tubes with color changing bubbles that provide soothing visual, auditory and tactile sensations.


Fiber optics create a fabulous visual effect while being tactile and safe to touch.


Projectors with wheels provide visuals that can promote relaxation or encourage social interaction skills.


Mirrors add visual interest and create opportunities for self-awareness and aid in communication.


Tactile items provide sensations of touch and texture to encourage interaction with the environment.


Soft play equipment to provide proprioceptive input and encourage exploration and development of physical abilities.


Aromatherapy can have a positive effect on mood, concentration, alertness, and help relieve stress or anxiety.

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