Sensory Rooms vs. Restraint for Mental Health Patients

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Many of us in helping ministries have escorted a client or parishioner to a psychiatric hospital for an evaluation or possible admittance. My experience has included several times where I witnessed children and adults being physically restrained by staff.

Restraint might not be the first line of intervention in many psychiatric facilities in the future. Read about a new concept of Sensory Rooms, designed to help patients’ sensory modulation and self-regulation.

To see pictures as information about sensory rooms, click here.


Kathy has experience as an elementary educator, teacher trainer, adjunct professor, and has served as Family Resource Director for a major hospital. Kathy is a Kentucky Licensed Pastoral Counselor and is credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor by the American Association of Play Therapy. She is owner of a private practice, Path of Life Ministry, in Wilmore, KY.