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Multi-Sensory Environment Design Services
Design Services will determine:
- What equipment will serve your populations capabilities
- What equipment will be most cost effective
- What equipment will work best with your space configuration
- What and if any interior or electrical modifications will be necessary
- What equipment has what therapeutic, educational or recreational value for your group
Our Multi-Sensory Room Design Services take into account your goals, budget and staffing as well as your specific client needs. We guide you in creating a room, or developing a mobile unit that transforms your space by assisting in the correct selection of functional and appropriate equipment for purchase. By making your budget go along way for purchasing the most cost effective equipment and share with you ways you can build some items yourself. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality product that will help your clients meet the physical, emotional and cognitive challenges they face. Together we can make sure your room is well designed and is a positive experience for your clients.
Please contact us for a free consultation at 718-776-3015 or email us at email@example.com
Linda wished to share the letter below that was in response to a Professor at a Major University who teaches Interior Design. She felt that some of objectives might be helpful when thinking about Designing a Multi-Sensory Environment.
I have been asked to write a supporting letter for why an Interior Designer should take a course on Multi-Sensory Environments. My answers would be the following:
- To understand how the impact of design can create a harmonious peaceful setting or one that puts individuals into high stressful visual environments
- Understand how shape, line and color are part of our neurological genetic makeup and how best to work with these principles (the visual processing system)
- Understand how design can influence emotions, and aid in changing challenging behaviors in Schools and Nursing Homes
- Understand the impact and differences of sensory overload verses sensory stimulation on the body and brain
- Understand functional lighting and its impact on the very core of activities of daily living; including memory retrieval and learning and influencing sleep patterns and eating (Major problems in Nursing homes)
- Understand what dynamic brain arousal continuums are and how design will assist in positive changes
I could go on and on about the need for better communication and integration of Professionals for obtaining better results for those with special needs. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well below is a Government Approved Head Start school classroom for Autistic preschoolers; the children in this room were screaming, hitting their ears, banging their heads, covering their eyes and not one interacted with this “enriched environment”.