Simple activities that children experience such as running and playing are sometimes not available for children with life-limiting conditions and and complex health needs. Due to their conditions, they may be unable to interact with their surroundings, limiting their sensory experiences.

Multi-sensory therapy offers children with cognitive and sensory impairments the opportunity to learn, socialise and enjoy a variety of sensory experiences.

Our sensory room is made accessible through hoists and includes specialist sensory equipment which provide optical, acoustic and tactile stimulation. We have coloured bubble tubes, fibre optic wall cascades, sound systems, light projections, a touch wall and a water filled mattress. Multi-sensory therapy sessions usually occur daily and are provided by our specialist palliative care team.

In addition, Richard House has a multi-sensory, hydrotherapy bath with a fitted sound system and a mobile multi-sensory unit that can be brought to a child, either into a bedroom or another part of the hospice.

Through a galaxy of colours, sounds, shapes and textures, our sensory room allows children and families to forget about the medical procedures and the everyday reality for a little while. It can open up a whole new world for individuals with cognitive and sensory impairments. It can generate a relaxing and calming effect, but can also provide stimulation.