Multisensory RoomBy Berki, Visar; Woodyard, Renee; Skipper, Julie; NSF 2007 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons With Disabilities, pp. 344-347
Publication Date: 2010
Article describes the design of a multisensory playroom created for children with autism, sensory dysfunction, and cerebral palsy. Children are allowed to explore the various sensory elements in the room to stimulate gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and tactile sensation. The room has 3 walls, (a dark wall, a ball chute, and an exploratory wall) and contains durable mechanical and electrical switches. The dark wall has a bubble screen, a color wheel, and a light column. The ball chute activates a series of lights when a child drops a ball in the clear tubing. The exploratory wall includes several acoustic instruments (tambourine, shakers, clappers) mounted on the wall to promote auditory stimulation. Total cost of the parts and labor was about $1,050. The room was designed by students at the Biomedical, Industrial, and Human Factors Engineering Department at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Published by: Creative Learning Press, Inc. (Website:http://www.creativelearningpress.com)
Link to text: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu/2007/Chapter21,WrightStateUniversity.pdf