We have [for the most part] finished our sensory room, and until we get funding to finish the rest we have opened it up to the clients; adults who are along the mentally- and physically-"impaired" spectrum. Sensory rooms are where people among these populations can go to seek quiet and comfort, through tactile interaction, or any engagement of their senses, really. However, usually there is no all-empassing immersion of the client's mentality into the surrounding, just a few things here or there that clients can touch, see, or hear upon interaction. This is, as we know of, the first room in the USA to integrate full-stimulation using all five senses. These rooms are essential to both children and adults who may have behavioral disorders that result in aggression, which is very, very common. [And I am realizing just how essential to us they are, too, after sitting in there and realizing how relaxing it is!!] Clients can sometimes be over-stimulated or stressed easily by doing daily tasks; be it washing dishes, community field-trips, etc. etc., so now they can come to a room that is entirely meant for them to relax with harmonious, interactive stimuli, that I have seen, even just today, do wonders.
The work of the Coral Reef Grotto sensory room was completed! Xenia Shafer helped tie it together on the ceiling and above sea weed. You can read more about the sensory rooms at: http://bcene.ws/1U2f1LJ