Kaleidoscope Therapy Rooms
The easiest way to explain what Kaleidoscope rooms should be like would be to say that they must be safe, calm, warm, cosy and quiet spaces with an aroma of calming essential oils, the correct ambient light and pigment colours whilst providing minimum stimulation.
They’re different from traditional ‘sensory rooms’ although, achieving the right Kaleidoscope Therapy room is very much about making sure our senses and brain chemicals react to the environment in the right way whilst coupled with the delivery of the programme.
Relationships are key to the success of the programme and the underlying principle of the roo1n is to be away from the threat and fear of failure and judgement. Although firm ground rules based on respect are in place for all.
It’s a place to be. A soul space.
There is light to provide ambiance and to bring down cortisol and high emotional arousal in the brain. There is some equipment. A nearby storage place is ideal for resources not being used for the planned session. But there aren’t any ‘aspiration’ posters showing characters reaching for the stars dotted around the roomm nor a huge rainbow painted on the wall or OTT multi-coloured psychedelic effects.
Less is more in a Kaleidoscope Therapy Room.
The Kaleidoscope Therapy environment/space is deliberately minimal, painted and furnished in certain colours which give the correct amount of additive and subtractive colour linked to absorption and reflection.
How big should a Kaleidoscope Room be?
The room can be whatever size you have available. Some practitioners have the resources to design a purpose built Kaleidoscope room – but we appreciate not all peoples’ budgets are the same.
So to assure you, most importantly, it is the atnosphere, ambiance and the energy of the room and what it is associated with and the relationships within that space that make a good Kaleidoscope environment.
Some rooms can actually be too big to provide the correct conditions.
The size of your available space obviously dictates the number of people in any one session. For group Kaleidoscope an optimum number of young people is 8 plus the Kaleidoscope practitioner and if appropriate a support worker.
Some sessions are one to one. Some maintenance Kaleidoscope sessions many accommodate up to 15 children at a time if space allows.
Kaleidoscope offers expert advice and support in creating an excellent room bespoke to your available space and budget.
These rooms can be designed and installed completely by Dave Turnbull our own Kaleidoscope engineer who delivers major audio, visual and lighting projects worldwide. Or you can create your own Kaleidoscope space.
To be awarded the ‘Offical Kaleidoscope Room’ Plaque and be placed on our database for support and technical advice, your room will require a technical check to demonstrate that your room and practice meets our standard.
See how Abbey Park Primary Academy use their Kaleidoscope Room here