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9 Benefits of Bubble Tubes

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9 Benefits of Bubble Tubes

What are sensory bubbles tubes?

Sensory bubble tubes are a key piece of sensory equipment that play a vital role in sensory development and can feature in a wide number of sensory rooms or environments. Bubble tubes create constantly moving colour changing sensory bubbles which can both sooth and catch the eye, developing visual skills. Bubbles tubes also softly vibrate, which invites users to explore touch too and helps them to be engaged whilst remaining relaxed. As sensory bubble tubes have the special ability to be both attention-grabbing and mesmerising, but also calming, sufferers of a variety of sensory disorders can benefit.

Experia have a range of controllers catering for a large range of abilities, specifically designed so users can get the most benefits from the experience - these are our iRiS Talkers.

A sensory bubble tube has a special ability to be both attention-grabbing and mesmerising, but also calming and soothing. Sufferers of a variety of sensory disorders can benefit from a bubble tube, as they are a great way to encourage visual development and communication skills.

How do Bubble Tubes for Sensory Rooms Work?

Water is pumped around a tube while a light at the bottom is constantly changing colour. Air is blown into the tube making bubbles shimmers and flicker, resulting in a calming effect which also draws the attention of the user.

Overall, bubble tubes are a very low maintenance piece of sensory equipment, cleaning them is easy and only has to be undertaken every so often. For more information on how to clean a bubble tube, then please check out our previous post which gives a step by step guide on how to do this at home.

The Sensory Benefits Of Bubble Tubes

At Experia, we have built up a lot of knowledge and information when it comes to our range of sensory products and providing the right solutions.

Sensory bubble tubes provide a range of benefits with some of the main sensory benefits of bubble tubes being:

  • Development of colour recognition
  • Exploration of cause and effect
  • Introduction of the idea of story-telling and theming
  • Encouragement of interaction
  • Allowing for visual development
  • Progression of communication skills
  • Creates a sense of calm and relaxation
  • Enables focus and development of attention
  • Encourages touch through vibration in a safe environment

Alongside this, we work with Occupational Therapists who help us get a better understanding of sensory needs so that each user benefits. Here is what Occupational Therapist, Jess Brown, has to say about bubble tubes and their sensory benefits:

"Using a sensory room environment is a great way to engage and interact with the audience you are working with and including a bubble tube into your sensory environment can be very beneficial for this. Our calming, interactive, and IRiS bubble tubes are diverse and can be used in almost any environment with almost any user.

"They can be used in homes, schools, and care homes by users of any age and ability, as they can be used by a range of controllers (ex. our IRiS Talker products).

"Whether you are using a bubble tube within a sensory room at school, at home or in a care home, it has the same beneficial uses for users in all environments."

At Experia, we are experts when it comes to bubble tubes and their accessories, such as bubble tube brackets. We have built up a great knowledge base on how to create a sensory environment for a range of needs and conditions. If you wish to contact us regarding bubble tubes, or any of our other sensory products, then please feel free to contact us and one of our experts can help you.