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I work in a large mental health facility where we have 9 sensory rooms. We have iPods in each room which are encased in locked wooden boxes with plexiglass fronts. We have had some iPods stolen and are wondering how others are meeting the challenge of having calming music available yet safe.
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Hi Brenda
Ho ware they getting stolen if they are locked in plexi-glass? Just wondering?
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They were taken because of design flaws in the boxes that were not recognized early enough. On one the plexiglass was pushed in, on one the hinge on the top was pried off and on one the hole for the power cord was actually just big enough to get the iPod out. My current delimma is that there is administrative concern that a better "mouse trap" will not stop a determined individual. Hence the request to seek alernate solutions. Any ideas? Brenda
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WOW! This is really interesting.

We typically let people use their own or offer boom boxes or CD players. We have only just recently talked about use of MP3 players, and that is because IPODs are so expensive.

I hope others will post feedback, this is an interesting topic of discussion.

The other issue that often comes up with IPODs & MP3 players is whether or not it is legal to load them with music from staff home libraries for use on the units.

Thanks for the post!

Sincerely,
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We handled the legal issue by having the facility purchase the downloads that we placed on the iPods. We did not go with CD players because the clients are not allowed to have CD's for safety reasons. We did not go with boom boxes because, in the beginning, when the rooms basically only had music, they were the place for cllients to crank up the music and rock out. While this is stress relieving for some, it was not necessarily serene.
The iPods were loaded with a large variety of music that is inherently self-soothing and has positive messages in the lyrics. When the iPods are available the clients have voiced liking the fact that they can find songs they identify with and know where to go to listen to them again. And one of the youth who normally refused to try the Serenity Room because she didn't like the music, tried it and admitted, "that music really does help you feel calmer."
Our only problem is how do we keep the iPods secure.
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Has anyone purchased a music listening station; the kind they they have at music stores to sample music listening with headphones? You can set up several CD;s in a locked case and the headphones are bolted to the display. I'd like to get one for our inpatient unit and set up a listening corner. They seem pricey but may be worth it. Allows some choice but is safe, low supervision needed. Would be curious if anyone has found them available & helpful. We tried some affordable mp3's but the small size requires good eyesight and fine-motor skills which didn't work for many of our clients.
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The listening stations sound like a good idea, but I too would imagine they are expensive.
When we tried some less expensive MP3 players, we had difficulty with not only clients having difficulty navigating the small controls, but also with the particular MP3 not withstanding the wear and tear of repeated use.
Currnetly our iPods are in speaker docks that are operated by remote control, and most of our clients seem able to navigate these. The main frustration is that some clients don't understand that when you turn it off the screen stays lit for several minutes, and this occasionally makes them angry.
Keep experimenting. Music is such an important tool, and there has to be a solution out there that allows its use and meets all necessary safety requirements.
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Thank you everyone for your postings in this music thread. While reading what came to mind is also that some sensory rooms are locked and supervised while others are not - so just wanted to emphasize that this would be another variable to consider.

A general alternative would also be to have speakers built into the ceiling with a main stereo system that has the ability to play different selections in different spaces. While an initial investment, solves lots of safety issues. Clients can then choose from a menu of songs.


I like the ideas suggested as practical ideas. Thanks and hope to hear more from other folks! Idea
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