Updated: Oct 14
Adding color light therapy to your sensory room serves as a beneficial tool to tailoring the treatment experience to each child. Having this smart technology can enhance the way we treat pediatric physical therapy patients. As we see a wide variety of diagnoses including autism and sensory processing disorders, having colored lights and in-ceiling speakers allows us to set a calm environment with soothing music to create the ideal atmosphere for engaging with each child and teaching the skills they need. We use them to integrate the visual and auditory sensory systems by varying the hue and the sounds. Certain light colors and styles of music have proven to focus the attention of our patients diagnosed with ADHD, increasing their attention span on each activity or task. If only we could replace florescent lights in school classrooms with more sensory friendly lights! We also treat a large number of infants and toddlers who benefit from the more calming colors of lights making the treatment session more soothing for them as well. Not to mention the fun games we play identifying and teaching colors in the gym like red light-green light and find the color with the 3-5 year olds. The Hue app on the Ipad makes the system very easy to use, so easy, I let the kids pick the colors and scenes they like from the app. They love it!