What is a Bubble Tube?
Sensory bubble tubes are a key piece of sensory equipment that play a vital role in sensory development and feature in a wide number of sensory rooms or environments. Bubble tubes create constantly moving colour changing bubbles which can both sooth and catch the eye. We 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 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, this results in a calming effect which also draws the attention of the user. This effect helps promote visual stimulation and encourages touch through the faint vibration.
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. 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. You can sit next to the bubble tube which provides a great visual effect to help calm and relax, or engage and motivate. They have the ability to encourage interaction, attention, visual development and communication skills. Furthermore, bubble tubes are interactive and can encourage and help with learning, such as colour recognition, cause and effect, story-telling and theming, and development of choice.
At Experia, we are experts when it comes to bubble tubes and their accessories, such as bubble tube brackets and bubble tube caps. We have built up a great knowledge base on how to create a sensory environment for a range of needs and conditions. If you need more information about the sensory benefits of bubble tubes then please get in touch with us today. If you want to know how to clean a bubble tube, then please read our previous guide for maintenance tips.