Sensory Science

A visit to CMOST is exciting; the museum is filled with things to touch and see along with many energetic children. The resulting loud vUploaded Image: /uploads/images/Sensory room marble wall 1-min.jpgoices and spirited spaces can be overwhelming at times. CMOST staff recognize that visitors sometimes required a calming space filled with quiet activities, dimmed lights, and tactilely soft or textured manipulatives.

The Sensory Science Room was launched as a pilot in the spring of 2018. The need for the space was clear when teachers and parents began to look for quiet spots to bring children who were struggling to reduce their sensory overload. A community room in the center of the museum organically began to be used for this purpose. We noticed children and their caregivers being drawn to this space; a room that is quiet, with a door that can be closed. The room is centrally located, with no outside windows, but instead with a full-view door and 5 semi-frosted windows looking out into the museum. After careful planning and development based on the recommendations from the experts, CMOST transformed the room to become our Sensory Science Room. This inclusive space includes visual and tactile resources to create a quiet and calming environment to enable children to self-regulate and return to play.

CMOST has received two grants to help create our sensory science room at the museum. Thanks to the Innovative Worthy Projects Foundation and the Marjorie Rockwell Fund for the Disabled of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. All are welcome in this space, please let the CMOST staff know if your child has particular needs or sensitivities.

What are we learning?

  • Spatial awareness
  • Visual, tactile, aural sensory input
  • Visual perceptual experience
  • Viscosity