We use a combination of light, sound, touch and smell, both in the hospice and the family home (where possible), to provide a sensory experience as therapy for stimulation and relaxation purposes. The service is available to babies, children and young people aged 0-18 years. Family members, in particular siblings, also use the space to relax and recharge.
Janine, Deputy Head Nurse at Acorns for the Three Counties, explains more about multisensory therapy
Each of our three hospices has a special multisensory room which features a range of varied optical, acoustic, olfactory and tactile stimuli including:
In addition, the hospices have mobile multisensory units that can be brought to a child, either in their bedroom or another part of the hospice, and a range of multisensory toys and aids that can be used in a family home. The facility and aids are used appropriately with each individual child by care staff and trained befrienders to create the appropriate environment and multisensory experience; either stimulating or relaxing a child, depending on their need.
Through multisensory therapy individuals with cognitive and sensory impairments and other challenging conditions can have the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of sensory experiences.
Multisensory therapy can open up a whole new world for individuals with cognitive and sensory impairments. It can generate a relaxing and calming effect, but can also provide stimulation.
Other benefits include: