Therapies give our children the opportunity to learn to interact with the world around them in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and enables them to reach their full potential
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.
Many of the children supported by the Richard House team are non-verbal, visually impaired and/or deaf children which can make play challenging. With our specialist therapist and musical equipment we can help each child, no matter their condition.
The therapy sessions help children with complex health issues to play and socialise and enables families to meet others facing similar circumstances. Our music therapist devises many different activities such as song-writing, reflection, relaxation, pain management, making music videos and games.
Music therapy has been shown to improve communication and give children an opportunity to express themselves in a non-verbal way. It can also be used to manage pain and to relax a child who may be anxious about their illness and/or their environment.
Music therapy is like a lifeline giving Myles a new lease of life and a way to express himselfFind out more