Sensory Rooms for Interaction and Relaxation

GettingBetter Oy specializes in producing digital content for all age groups. The main focus being on children, young people and senior adults. A digital list of real nature and its sound world is created for the professional or the customer himself, with several short videos to watch and listen to. The digital content used in the sensory room is a new way to interact especially for children and young people.

Backed up by real customer tests

Based on customer tests, it can be concluded that digital nature content calms and relaxes. Children and young people learn to independently search for digital content and use it when they feel uncomfortable and cannot concentrate properly. This is what we call the skill of managing the state of alertness, and it is good to learn this with an adult.

Videos produced from real nature and different variations of the sound world open emotional locks and help identify emotions. The task of the professional is to offer options of images and sound, especially when you want to calm and relax or activate and support rehabilitation.

What we are doing – Purposes of sensory rooms

  • Regulation of a child’s or young person’s stress and anxiety using their own senses and breathing
  • Digital content for learning relaxation, breathing techniques, and mindfulness skills
  • Cost-effectively enables numerous repetitions so that the skills can be learned in a shorter time

Source: Aistihuone – digital technology in child and youth psychiatric care Nursing forum 22 September 2021 Professor, senior physician Kaija Puura, discipline of child psychiatry TaY and area of responsibility for child psychiatry Tays

The sensory room environment aims to influence a person’s seven (7) senses.

Sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are basic senses. In addition to this are posture and balance senses. The aim is to positively, control, and safely affect all these senses.

Explanation of Human Senses

Sense of sight
The human eye works like a camera. The pupil regulates the amount of light entering the eye, and the lens focuses the light on the retina at the back of the eye. The retina has more than one hundred million light-sensitive receptors – rod cells – and six million cone cells that register either blue, red, or green light, and all known colors are formed from them.

Sense of smell
The sense of smell differs from others in that the nerves of the nose go directly to the limbic system, which belongs to the most essential parts of the brain. It deals with basic sensations such as fear, sexual desire, hunger, and memory. That’s probably why smells evoke memories and strong emotions more sensitively than other sensory stimuli.

Sense of hearing
Hearing occurs when the hair cells in the ear convert air pressure waves into sounds. The brain interprets the strength and frequency of the waves as sounds of different forces and pitches and figures out where the sound is coming from. The sound reaches the ears at a slightly different time, and the brain calculates the distance to the sound source based on this time difference. They can distinguish a difference by even a microsecond.

Palate
The taste buds on the tongue contain receptors that react to food molecules. Humans have about 10,000 taste buds, each of which has about a thousand receptors. Basically, a person can recognize ten billion different tastes. In practice, humans are not very good at distinguishing flavors from each other, and the sense of taste is mainly dependent on the sense of smell.

Sense of touch
The sense sends information to the brain about everything in direct contact with the body, such as pressure, stretching and movement, temperature, and pain. Receptors are everywhere on the skin – especially on the fingertips, feet, and face soles, and fewer are in the internal organs. The sense of touch helps avoid dangers and adapt to the surrounding temperature, for example, with suitable clothes.

Positional sense
Sensory stimuli transmitted by muscles and joints keep the brain constantly informed about the position of different body parts. This way, a person always knows where his feet are and whether his mouth is open or closed.

Source: Our seven most important senses | tieku.fi

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