Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Sligo
Yeats Country Hotel Spa & Leisure Club
Over the years they have had many children with autism and other additional needs who visit the Kids Club throughout the year. They decided to open a sensory room.
They wanted to to create a fun yet calming environment that is tailored with these children’s needs in mind. Furthermore they have found many children have benefitted from taking a little time out from the hustle and bustle of their active kids club schedule!
Their carefully designed sensory room was created by the Kids Club staff. It comprises of a variety of sensory stimulation such as bubble tubes, fibre optic lighting, calming music, aromatherapy diffusers, tactile walls, mood lights and much more!Visit Website
Roe Park Resort
Northern Ireland’s 1st Autism Friendly Hotel
The achievement follows the resort’s recent opening of an autism-friendly room for guests to stay in. Furthermore, staff in the resort have undergone training to help interact with guests with autism and other additional needs as part of an on-going partnership with Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland.
“Through our work with Assistance Dogs NI we became aware of the needs of those with autism, and in 2018 we set ourselves the mission of becoming Northern Ireland’s first autism-friendly hotel. We designed the room to include special lighting, a sensory area plus dine-in room facilities among other changes.
We invited a local family to try out the room and to see how they found the experience and the feedback was really positive. We’re delighted to have received the accreditation and look forward to welcoming more families and individuals with autism to the resort.”
The Clayton Hotel
The Clayton Hotel Sligo opened the first sensory room located in a hotel in Ireland a specially designed room which allows children to relax and enjoy a range of sensory experiences.
The sensory rooms provide a positive effect on the five senses:
- Smell – The room contains different smells
- Sight – The room is very colourful and contains moving lights, lava lamps and paintings
- Touch – The room contains a range of fabrics and soft toys for touch as well as different textures and sensory boards for touch.
- The room also contains a ball pool with over 1,000 colourful soft balls.
- Sound – Calming music is played in the background at all times.
- Movement – The room contains a number of objects which move and react to touch including a plasma ball.
The new sensory room is in the Kids Club area at Club Vitae, and is intended to assist with relaxation, stress release, stimulation and communication.
The room was designed by Mary Clarke along with the Kids Club team and maintenance staff. The room offers children with additional needs a calm environment away from the busy lifestyle of the hotel. The sensory room gives children and their families a stress free, calm, stimulating space.