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Multi Sensory Environment

Located on the 4th floor of Main Library

The Multi Sensory Environment is a specialized space that lets you control and manipulate aspects of the world around you, including light, sound, smell, and touch. Research has shown the benefits of time spent in a Multi Sensory Environment for people with sensory processing deficiencies, including autism, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, hearing and/or vision impairments, physical disabilities or limitations, learning disabilities, speech and/or language impairments, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and more.

This room can be used along with a caregiver or service provider. It’s designed to stimulate the senses in new and exciting ways while promoting empowerment and freedom.

Special features at Multi Sensory Environment

Padded seat with shoe storage

Bubble tubes with iPad control

Hurricane tube with iPad control

Soft play couch

Fiber optic waterfall with remote control

Marble tactile panels

Sequin tactile panel

Interactive Nanoleaf designs

Fiber optic carpets

Giant bean bags

Fiber optic cable wall sconce

Vibroacoustic waterbed with stereo controller

Ceiling mirror ball

Music iPad and stereo speaker

SNAP projector with projection wheels

Aromatherapy diffuser and oil scents

More about the Multi Sensory Environment

Policy

Please be sure to check out our sensory room policy for library rules and procedures.

Video training on how to use the space

To get a better understanding of how to have meaningful interactions in the Multi Sensory Environment, you can participate in a free online, virtual training course titled “A Sensory Solutions Framework” with Dr. Tony. Join the Durham County Library online learning group! All you need is your email address. To access the trainings, visit https://qualityoflifeinstitute.org/dcl/. Using the password “DCLibrary2020”, create your own account to access the unit lessons whenever fits your schedule.

Unit lessons include:

  1. Multi Sensory Environment Story and 8 Factors
  2. The Senses
  3. Creating Meaningful Moments
  4. Colors and Sound
  5. Self-Regulation
  6. Sensory Processing and Autism
  7. Educational Goals
  8. Developing Meaningful Outcomes, Navigating with 9 Destinations

The Multi Sensory Environment was purchased and supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-19-0034-19).

Manager

Sarah Alverson

Email: salverson@dconc.gov

919-560-0127

Sarah is the Community Engagement Administrator for Durham County Library, with a background as a Children’s Librarian at Stanford L. Warren Library. Sarah graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2008 with a master’s degree in library science and began work at Durham County Library in 2012.

Pronouns: she/her