Linda has recently appeared in an article on NorthJersey.com, where she talks about a Multi-Sensory Environment in the Phoenix Center, a private school in Nutley. The room was designed to stimulate neglected physiology in disabled students.
An Excerpt from the article:
Linda Messbauer, an occupational therapist from Queens who designed and opened the first sensory room in the nation in 1992, said the benefits of these rooms are backed up by good scientific trends and research.
“Kids are influenced by their environment, and they want to control as much of it as they can. The room helps kids learn to control their behavior through understanding and using their sensory diet,” Messbauer said. “You dim the lights, bringing about darkness, and it tells the child’s nervous system that it should start to produce melatonin and this starts the calming process.
What is happening is causing more areas of the brain to be functional and to be pulled into the process, causing a change, usually bringing about more focus and attention. These rooms help them learn how to control themselves, assuming the therapist knows how to use it properly.”