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Multi-sensory rooms

Children’s Health Ireland, (including its four locations at Tallaght, Temple Street, Crumlin and Connolly in Blanchardstown) use multi-sensory spaces to help take the stress and anxiety out of a hospital visit for both children and their parents.

What is a multi-sensory room/space?

Children who have sensory sensitivities and their parents, often find a trip to the hospital a challenge. A hospital is a busy environment with bright lights and loud noises.

A multi-sensory room/space is a specially equipped space that uses equipment like fibre optics, low levels of lighting, wall projections, tactile objects and twinkle lights to create a unique environment that helps with relaxation and escapism for children and young people.  These spaces can benefit autistic children and young people, those who have learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, sensory impairments and brain conditions like dementia.

The room can be used with individual children or small groups. Each session is individualised according to the needs of each child. In the Multi-Sensory Room we use; fibre optics

  • wall projections
  • multimedia projectors
  • twinkle lights
  • aromatherapy
  • bubble tubes
  • UV lights
  • interactive panels
  • visual perception boxes
  • tactile objects
  • music and movement
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Accessing the multi-sensory room

Usually, a session in the multi-sensory room is by appointment only. Please ask a member of staff about access when attending one of the CHI locations.

Sessions can be booked for small groups or individual children. The room is used by children of all ages and abilities, and sessions are tailored to the needs of each child.

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