Does anyone use a sensory room or area in your school or classroom? I have a former time-out room that only gets used when students display inappropriate behaviors as a way to get TO the time-out room -- they love the solitude and the break from work. The former teacher had caught onto this motivation but wasn't sure how to address it. Many of my students have sensory issues, and I would love to set up a sensory area in this space. I've never set one up before, so any ideas would be appreciated. My main concern with this idea is that I teach one student who will "muscle" her way to whatever solitude she can find, plant herself on the floor, and be absolutely immovable. I'm worried that turning the former time-out room into a more rewarding space will make it that much more difficult to keep her engaged in her work. I guess I'm hoping that if she's working to earn time in that room, she might come to understand that working is the quickest and easiest way to get uninterrupted time there. Then again, if the purpose of the sensory room is to fulfill a sensory need that has previously gone unmet, should it be contingent on work, or should it be on a non-contingent intermittent schedule? I guess if I go with the latter, she might learn that she doesn't have to bolt for the room because she knows it's going to come up in her schedule. That makes sense, too, I suppose. I could also teach her to request a sensory break when she gets overwhelmed, which would be a great replacement for aggressive behavior! Okay, so I'm broke. What do I need and what cheap or readily available item can I substitute for it? Thoughts? And thanks for being patient as I post so often! I'm getting really excited about the start of the school year!