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Sensory room for asd toddler?

(8 Posts)
Laurajay84 Sat 23-Jul-16 13:17:27

I've been thinking about taking my 3 year old with asd to a sensory room but not sure if he would enjoy it? From what I've seen it would be lovely for relaxation for him but as his asd is fairly mild apart from his speech, I'm not sure if it would be right for him.

Does anybody go to sensory rooms? What benefits have you seen for your child?

PolterGoose Sat 23-Jul-16 13:24:21

Ds has spent some time in one and loved it until he got tangled in some fibre optic cables and wouldn't return!

I had my autism assessment in a sensory room and it was lovely.

I would say it's more a tool to relax than a learning opportunity IYSWIM?

It's a good way to find out what your child likes so you can try to replicate it at home to use as needed.

Laurajay84 Sat 23-Jul-16 18:38:09

Thanks Polter, it does look wonderfully relaxing smile

May I ask how often you used to go? Was it a weekly thing/more or less often than this?

PolterGoose Sat 23-Jul-16 18:52:24

We only didn't couple of times, it was at a once a fortnight thing.

If I had my time again I'd pay for sessions at a hydrotherapy pool, warm water, nice lighting, I think it would have been really beneficial.

PolterGoose Sat 23-Jul-16 18:52:58

...only did a couple ...

JsOtherHalf Sat 23-Jul-16 22:55:24

Caldwell children charity can cover 80% of th e cost of sensory equipment if the household income is under £45K or so.

Cerebra can also help.

Melawati Mon 25-Jul-16 18:39:36

DD has had access to an amazing sensory room at her current placement. She has loved spending time there and it's been very beneficial in helping to identify (for her and for professionals) what works and what doesn't work for her.
The most positive aspect has been the opportunity just to try a variety of things out, as DD finds it very hard to articulate her sensory needs, and was in such a heightened state of anxiety at the beginning that she was completely out of touch with what she needed to feel safe and calm.
So my advice would be, if you have the chance go and have a try of it, and ask the staff there what you can do at home to replicate anything that DS particularly enjoys.

sarrah30 Sun 14-Aug-16 12:05:16

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