The use of multisensory environments on children with disabilities: A literature review

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The author discovered a paucity of scientific literature on the effects of MSEs in the paediatric field. Positive findings on the use of MSEs are reported by the researchers. However, owing to the limitation of sample size, diversity of experimental population and variety of dependent variables, the effect of MSEs is difficult to generalize. Therefore, results should be interpreted with caution. Conducting vigorous studies on MSEs with improved research methodology is recommended.The use of multisensory environments (MSEs) for educating children with learning disabilities has gained widespread acceptance in recent years. However, scientific research studies on the use of MSEs are limited. This article reviews the literature concerning the use of MSEs in the paediatric field to provide sensory stimulation, promote relaxation, manage behavioural problems and develop skills. Research methodology and findings of the studies are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-363
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Disabilities
  • Multisensory environment
  • Research
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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