new multi-sensory room was inaugurated at the Esplora Interactive Science
Centre in Kalkara. The project, fully supported by Bank of Valletta will
provide visitors with an immersive experience, using specialised equipment to
provide a calming environment which stimulates mental activity and promotes
The Multi-sensory room was officially inaugurated by the Hon. Clifton Grima is the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation in the presence of Dr Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman, Malta Council for Science and Technology, Charles Azzopardi, Head CSR at Bank of Valletta and Keith Tant Azzoparrdi, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Research and Innovation.
‘This new project will serve people with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities, as well as the general public through this initiative that comes as part of Esplora’s values towards raising awareness for inclusion and accessibility’ said the MCST Chairman. ‘Through the collaboration with Bank of Valletta, this new service is available at no additional charge over and above the normal entry fee for Esplora, making it accessible to everyone.’
‘The Bank’s collaboration with Esplora aims to provide a safe haven from the bombardment of stimulation we receive in our everyday lives,’ said Charles Azzopardi. ‘This project forms part of the Bank’s ESG commitments and we are convinced that the Bank’s investment in this project, along with Esplora’s commitment will see the community reaping the benefits of the therapeutic services provided.’
‘Esplora plays a very important role in Maltese society, a role aimed at raising awareness about science and technology and at the same time it is a place that attracts families,’ said Minister Grima. ‘This multi-sensory room promotes inclusion in the educational aspect. This is part of the journey where children gain skills that will help them in their journey of life and help them find their place in society. '
"We know well enough that if you give them the necessary tools, children will have more chances to fulfil their potential," continued the Minister. "The multisensory room helps provide equal opportunities for particular segments of our society.’
This highly beneficial room features a comfortable waterbed which offers warmth and relaxing, gentle movements, pressure seating which provides comfort and a podium around beautiful bubble columns. It has a state-of-the-art interactive floor projector with multiple scenes and games to encourage movements together with a sound-sensitive ladder lights activity to promote vocal communication and sound creation. The room also comes equipped with hand-held fibre optic lighting, cozy bean bags, ceiling projections, a mirror ball lights display plus calming sounds and gentle scents which creates a beautiful and multi-purpose environment. Visitors can experience the room and learn about it's uses and benefits from Esplora team members fully trained by Aġenzija Sapport, or organise for their own occupational therapist to join them for sessions.
In addition, the multisensory room is made accessible through hoists and includes specialist sensory equipment which provide optical, acoustic and tactile stimulation. The lights, sounds, smells and projections available in the room, are all interchangeable. This allows visitors to create their own perfect environment each time they visit, such as hearing calming ocean waves and smell fresh scent or soothing their senses with sounds of spring together with the smell of fresh cut grass and a beautiful fishpond beneath their feet.
Multi-sensory therapy offers children with cognitive and sensory impairments the opportunity to learn, socialise and enjoy a variety of sensory experiences. Everyone can experience the room and learn about its uses and benefits from our trained team members, or visitors can opt for their own occupational therapist to join them during the sessions.
Visitors can book a 25 minute session by email on [email protected], by calling +356 2360 2300 or by visiting the Esplora reception desk.
Esplora also offers Sensory Friendly Hours once every two months on a Sunday morning between 9.00 am and 11.00 am, where the room will be available for use throughout. During these sessions the ambience inside Esplora is modified to allow for neurodiverse children and adults to explore Esplora and fully enjoy what’s on offer in a peaceful atmosphere.
Issued by Bank of Valletta p.l.c., 58, Triq San Zakkarija, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1130. Bank of Valletta p.l.c. is a public limited company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out the business of banking in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371 of the Laws of Malta).