Saturday, November 7, 2009

Multi-Sensory Rooms

I used to bring clients with developmental disabilities into a multi-sensory room such as this when I worked at Hogan Regional Center in Danvers, Massachusetts. I think they can also be helpful for patients in the later stages of dementia who get agitated and need to relax. However, therapists need to think about whether the patients may or may not benefit more from social and movement activities that are familiar, feel purposeful and expend energy. Also, sitting in this room may just put patients to sleep, something they already get plenty of in an institutional setting.

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