This course is ideal for those seeking information on how to design a multisensory room. It looks at different room types and their usage. There are useful tips on revamping a tired existing room, choosing equipment, preparing a suppliers’ brief, the structure of the room and how to maintain it.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Types of rooms and a little history

    • 1. What you will learn in this course

    • Course outline

    • Your expectations of this course

    • 1A. An Introduction to multisensory rooms

    • 1B. The types of multisensory room

    • 1C. Why do I need a multisensory room?

    • Sensory Room Checklist

  • 2

    Module 2: Multisensory Room Design: For Autism and complex needs

    • 2. Introduction to Module 2

    • 2A. Design for learners with autism

    • 2B. Design for complex needs

  • 3

    Module 3. Revamping a tired Multisensory Room

    • 3. Introduction to Module 3

    • 3A. Revamping a tired multisensory room

    • 3B. What to keep and what to throw away?

    • 3C. Refreshing key elements of the multisensory room

    • 3D. Choosing new equipment

  • 4

    Module 4: Multisensory Room supply and installation

    • 4. Introduction to Module 4

    • 4A. Working with a sensory supplier

    • 4B. Working with a local audio-visual supplier

    • 4C. Project management

  • 5

    Module 5: The Structure of a Multisensory Room

    • 5. Introduction to Module 5

    • 5A. Computer control system vs simplicity

    • 5B. Power

    • 5C. Colour

    • 5D. Flooring

    • 5E. Access

    • 5F. Heat and ventilation

    • 5G. Service Lighting

    • 5H. Blackout

    • 5I. Hanging Things

    • 5J. Furniture

  • 6

    Module 6. Multisensory Room Equipment

    • 6A. Bubble Tube

    • 6B. Fibre Optics

    • 6C. Wind Machine

    • 6D. Switches

    • 6E. UV Light

    • 6F. Coloured lighting

    • 6G. Sound

    • 6H. iPad/Tablet and Phone Projection

    • 6I. Wheel projectors

  • 7

    Module 7. The role of the sensory room coordinator

    • 7. Introduction to Module 7: The role

    • 7A: Responsibilities of the Multisensory Room Coordinator

    • 7B. General Equipment

    • 7C: Specialist Equipment

    • 7D. Sensory room checklist

  • 8


    • Quiz

  • 9


    • Conclusion

    • Evaluation form


Hirstwood Training Founder

Richard Hirstwood

Richard Hirstwood is the founder of and lead consultant for Hirstwood Training. He is passionate about enabling educators/practitioners to maximise the impact of delivering sensory learning opportunities, in a sensory room or other learning environments, with the resources available to them. He has developed innovative ways of delivering key skills and competencies via face to face training; coaching sessions; and hands-on work with teachers and teaching assistants; as well as creating bespoke portfolios of training videos for more than a hundred individual schools and settings. His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multisensory practice. Regular sessions with children and adults with autism and all additional needs in a variety of multisensory and classroom settings enable him to maintain this level of excellent practice.