Hi my name is Kay and I am 32 years old. I like swimming, reading to children at the nursery group and making scrapbooks! When I was younger I got lots of badges for swimming, and now I like to go to Hydro during the week where I can do step-ups in the water and other intensive exercises. I also like watching EastEnders, Holby City, 24 hours in A&E, The One Show, and documentaries about people in prison. I really enjoy listening to the Ministry of Sound, the Now CD collection, eclectic music and slow jams.
When I went to the Autism Show I saw the interactive floor and thought it was a cool new idea, and then I thought of making a sensory room because I really liked going to them as they were fun, especially one that I went to when I was 15 years old which was great fun. I would like the sensory room to be used by children and adults with learning disabilities which should be accessible for people with physical disabilities too. I would really like there to be an interactive floor in the sensory room because not many people have seen it before so it would be a fun new experience.
I think it will be a success because it’s a new idea within London, especially the interactive floor. The room would be a stimulating place for people, and it could help to reduce anxiety and stress, and help to improve their concentration. People with disabilities should come to sensory rooms because it’s fun playing in it and is fascinating. There are usually different themes in the sensory room. They’re usually colourful, relaxing and comfortable, with lots of cushions and colourful mats to lie on as you listen to relaxing music, and look up at the disco ball on the ceiling! I would really like the sensory room to be on a bus so we can move it around London and reach more people. There aren’t any easily accessible sensory rooms in London, and all I ever wanted was a room where I could access these things. Someone said that:
“sensory rooms have the effects of taking medication without taking the medication.”
If we can make this happen it would be a great achievement for me and would also help lots of people in London.
Please have a look at our next post to find out what my wish list of equipment for the sensory room will be!