Multisensory therapy

We use a combination of light, sound, touch and smell, both in the hospice and the family home (where possible), to provide a multisensory 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.

How does children’s multisensory therapy work?

Each of our three hospices has a special multisensory room which features a range of varied optical, acoustic, olfactory and tactile stimuli including:

  • Colour bubble tubes
  • Flexible coloured fibre optics
  • Music equipment adaptable for all ages
  • Sensory UV lights
  • Colours – using the effects on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being
  • Projection equipment
  • Water beds
Sensory lights and equipment in an Acorns sensory room

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.

An Acorns sensory room set up for use. There are different coloured lights, a projection showing the moon and some towers of bubbles
Acorns hospice Worcester project. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix Ltd

What are the benefits of multisensory therapy?

Through multisensory therapy for children with cognitive and sensory impairments and other conditions can have the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of sensory experiences.

Other benefits include:

  • Develops language with more vocalisation
  • Promotes social interactions
  • Promotes mental and physical relaxation with stress levels dropping
  • Aids relaxation, resulting in more calmness and lower aggressive behaviours
  • Provides relief from pain and painful physiotherapy

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