After just one night in a Safespace Johnny had the first night of unbroken sleep since birth, for the previous 11 years he had slept a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.
Safespaces cut out many sensory impressions that otherwise overwhelm and arouse our pupils. Being in a Safespace helps the child to relax, reduce their anxiety and promotes a feeling of safety.
For one of our pupils the Safespace is one of the few places he is actually safe at night. The Safespace means that he is unable to access any plugs, radiators or other objects that he might use inappropriately. This has meant that he now sleeps between 8 to 9 hours a night and no longer engages in risky daytime behaviour.
For some of our pupils who engage in Self Injurious Behaviour the Safespace provides a truly safe space. They would otherwise use walls, doors, the floor or cupboards for self-injury which has the added aspect of providing sensory feedback. The Safespace limits any sensory feedback as well as preventing any harm to the pupil so this quickly promotes a de-escalation in SIB and keeps both the pupil and staff safe.
We have had our staff as well as members of my family sleep in Safespaces and all have enjoyed it saying that it provides a lovely cosy sleeping environment.