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27 Feb 2012, 7:08 am

hi, im making a sensory room.
trying to.
i found some noise reduction headphones, so that is sorted.
i have only got £400 to make a sensory room, and need advice on what to buy, and where from.
i am going to get a rail put up in the dining room (which is a computer room) there is a small'ish bit of the room i can close off from the world, and make it a world of relaxation.
i can get a bubble tube (sensory item, filled with water, changes colour and bubbles rise from the bottom in a relaxing motion) for about £40 .
i like things like sand, relaxing music, a calm enviroment.
what light would you recomend? just if i was to paint on the wall or somthing it would be very dark and i need to know the appropriate light to light it up a slight bit.
what do you think about fibire optic lights that are like string lights? they are about £250 .
i get paid about £400 a month (DLA) so i could push getting more things until the month after and get what affordable and essensial with the current £400.


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27 Feb 2012, 8:01 am

Bean bag chair, definitely! As big as you can find. They are just lovely to lie on.


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27 Feb 2012, 8:09 am

A hammock maybe?


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27 Feb 2012, 10:58 am

I would suggest making lights that reflect off the ceiling instead of off the floor. A cheap way of doing this is creating a "L" shape out of wood and attaching it to the wall to form a "U" shape. Then paint the inside white and attach a full spectrum florescent tube inside the "u". Cap the ends with wood and paint them to match your room.



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27 Feb 2012, 11:41 am

Go to gadget shops such as Hawkins Bazaar, they'll have loads of stuff there.


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27 Feb 2012, 12:14 pm

MONKEY wrote:
Go to gadget shops such as Hawkins Bazaar, they'll have loads of stuff there.


Good advice. Also the Discovery Store etc.

I call places like that "stim shops".


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27 Feb 2012, 12:32 pm

Also if it's a light you're after, I love those glass balls with the electric spark inside them that follow your hands.


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27 Feb 2012, 1:20 pm

For lights I recommend looking into the high powered LEDs. These are the friendliest lights to light sensitivity I've ever seen, especially the ones with a blue-white rather than a yellow-white.

Weighted blanket!

Hammock, beanbag chair, at least one of those two I'd recommend.



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27 Feb 2012, 1:22 pm

Isn't it really all down to personal preference though? What will work for one person won't necessarily work for another.

But I suppose ideas from outside sources are always useful.


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27 Feb 2012, 11:40 pm

Tuttle wrote:
For lights I recommend looking into the high powered LEDs. These are the friendliest lights to light sensitivity I've ever seen, especially the ones with a blue-white rather than a yellow-white.

Weighted blanket!

Hammock, beanbag chair, at least one of those two I'd recommend.



I'm not realy sure what your on about.

How does a weighted blanket work, like how heavy does it need to be ? I'm 18.

There is no way a hammock would fit haha. Hmm beanbag chair I will look into.


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28 Feb 2012, 1:04 am

How about a color changing LED lamp? I have several of them in my living room and bedroom, and I love to experiment with the effects that different colors have on my mood.

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28 Feb 2012, 3:43 am

I've been considering a sensory deprevation room. Like making a small space to crawl inside and relax without the world barging in.



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28 Feb 2012, 6:41 am

Maybe a spinning top? I bought one that lights up and stays spinning using batteries. The different light colours scatter on the walls of a darkened room.



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28 Feb 2012, 3:05 pm

nintendofan wrote:
How does a weighted blanket work, like how heavy does it need to be ? I'm 18.


The recommendation tends to be for a twin sized blanket, use 10% of your weight + 1 lb.

Basically, they are blankets that provide deep touch input, and they're usually very calming for autistic people. If you like pressure and deep touch, then they're really good. My weighted blanket is larger, and thus heavier (queen sized and 25 lbs), but it actually drastically helps with my meltdowns, helps when my body feels wrong, and generally helps with both sleeping and just normal functioning.