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  • Check out our new site

    Our brand new website, full of Multi Sensory products for any room or ability. Our brand new website, full of Multi Sensory products for any room or ability.

    We've just launched our new and improved website. Our new site is far more user friendly and allows you to find and purchase products far more easily. On the new site you can find products and information seperated by rooms, sectors, uses and abilities. You can also request our brochure and download our fundraising pack. If you have any comments or suggestions for the new site, we'd love to hear them. Please email us Happy surfing - The Experia team

  • Experia Sensory Room engages a range of disabled users in a fun and enjoyable way.

    Experia have manufactured and installed countless sensory rooms throughout the UK in the past 8 years, each one a true labour of love, that’s why we are always delighted to receive great feedback on the work we do from clients that are enjoying our sensory rooms and equipment. Continue reading

  • Ickburgh School uses Experia’s M.I.L.E to create their own Winter Wonderland

    Over the years we’ve come across schools and establishments utilising their Sensory Rooms in innovative and creative ways to transport users to another world, time or place at any time throughout the year.

    A winter wonder land created by Ickburgh School in London A winter wonder land created by Ickburgh School in London

    We were therefore seriously impressed by the work by Ickburgh School in Hackney with their winter themed Sensory Room. It was created using Experia’s M.I.L.E® (Multisensory Interactive Learning Environment) technology which allows them to create scenarios and use Sensory Equipment to

    create new worlds, tell stories and teach lessons regardless of age or ability. Not only can these be used time and time again, they can also be shared with establishments that have M.I.L.E installed.

    M.I.L.E makes learning more engaging as it combines light, sound, video, vibration, moving air, different aromas and even atmospheric conditions and integrates easily with new or existing components from the Experia IRiS (Interactive Reward System) range.

    As we entered the Sensory Room at Ickburgh School, Christmas music filled the room whilst a

    The sensory room is beautifully decorated with a winter wonderland theme. The sensory room is beautifully decorated with a winter wonderland theme.

    large video projection of a snow scene unfolded right in front of our eyes. Bubble Tubes, Fibre Optics and Light Spreaders were all set to a vibrant snowy white - all of which playing a part in making the occupants of the room feel like they were in an icy landscape. The decorations in the room further enhanced the feeling of a winter wonderland and we are thrilled that so much effort has been made to create a truly magical space for the students and staff.

    To find out more about M.I.L.E and how it can benefit your establishment call 0845 644 0977 or email info@experia-innovations.co.uk

  • Another sensory room, another delighted customer

    Over the years we have received some wonderful comments and testimonials about our team and our sensory products, something that makes doing what we do that little bit more rewarding. Our most recent success story comes from Bristol and the Davis family.

    Corner of Oliver's sensory room Corner of Oliver's sensory room

    Lisa Davis contacted Experia looking for multi-sensory solutions for her son Oliver, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Our team met with Lisa to discuss the requirements and needs of Oliver to offer the best possible equipment that can cater to his needs, the outcome, a state of the art bespoke IRiS sensory room and Hydro Pool.

    After an initial site visit and consultation, full 3D drawings of each room were presented and approved by the family. The next step then was to manufacture the products in our state of the art facilities based in South Yorkshire, each product hand assembled and tested.

    The eventual install took just a day and left Lisa and Oliver thrilled with the outcome, with Lisa stating, “I would like to say thank you for the amazing sensory room and lighting in our pool room that was completed today, my son is mesmerized by the fibre optic wall carpet and will get so much pleasure from it “.

    We are always delighted to know that our customers are happy with the outcomes of their rooms, and we are thrilled Lisa and Oliver both love their new sensory environments. We hope it brings happiness to them both and that the whole family can benefit from this new space.

  • Experia Sensory Room engages a range of disabled users in a fun and enjoyable way.

    WLCT Chief Executive Stuart Murray, Carolyn Knight Commissioning Officer for Staffordshire County Council, Sue Wilson, Olivia Wilson Paralympic Flame Ambassador and Councillor Christine Mitchell, Cannock Chase council Leader for Culture and Sport WLCT Chief Executive Stuart Murray, Carolyn Knight Commissioning Officer for Staffordshire County Council, Sue Wilson, Olivia Wilson Paralympic Flame Ambassador and Councillor Christine Mitchell, Cannock Chase council Leader for Culture and Sport

    Experia have manufactured and installed countless sensory rooms throughout the UK in the past 8 years, each one a true labour of love, that's why we are always delighted to receive great feedback on the work we do from clients that are enjoying our sensory rooms and equipment.

    The most recent of these was from the fantastic team at Chase Leisure Centre in Wigan, Experia installed a state of the art sensory room and soft play room here in August as they wanted to provide a universal service that paid particular emphasis on engaging families and individuals with disabilities.

    Paul Smith, Sports Developmental Manager had this to say about the installation.

    "I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Experia for your help and support in the installation of our Sensory Room and Soft Play Area at the Chase Leisure Centre. We recently had our Official opening and the feedback we received from families, partners and members has been fantastic. In particular I would like to thank Gareth Simons (Experia) for all his hard work and support. Gareth has gone out of his way to ensure the success of the project. This included supporting our initial bid for external funding to Staffordshire County Council, project planning, installation of equipment, staff training and helping out at the Official Opening.

    Please do pass on my thanks to all the staff at Experia."

    To find out more about Experia sensory rooms please visit www.experia-innovations.co.uk

  • Multi sensory equipment by Experia makes Dreams Come True

    Experia have provided state of the art multi sensory equipment to a large number of charities throughout the UK over the past seven years, each of the charities unique but having the same goal, making lives better.

    We were thrilled to hear from "Dreams Come True" when they contacted us regarding our multi sensory products, the charity have done some amazing work over the past 25 years and its great to now be working with them to bring joy to the terminally ill and seriously ill children.

    Wendy Gray, Dreams Co-ordinator at Dreams Come True had this to say about the new partnership:

    Experia multi sensory and Dreams Come True

    "We’ve recently started working with Experia to provide equipment, (multi sensory and other), for some of our dream children and are very pleased with the service we’ve received.  Not only are the staff very knowledgeable, they’re also very helpful.  Nothing is too much trouble and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone else who is looking for a good equipment supplier. Our dream families are also very pleased with the help and support they’ve received from Experia."

    We have supplied different pieces of multi sensory equipment to the families working with Dreams Come True and hope to do so for the foreseeable future, its great to add them to our growing list of charities we work and we hope to make more dreams come true in the upcoming months with our state of the art multi sensory equipment.

    For more information on Experia multi sensory equipment please visit www.experia-innovations.co.uk or alternatively contact us on 0845 644 0977.

    For more information on Dreams Come True and the fantastic work and support they do please visit www.dreamscometrue.uk.com

  • Experia with Sarah Beeny and Channel 4 make a dream come true with a state of the art wireless multi-sensory room

    Experia have donated a state of the art wireless sensory room to a family based in West Sussex which is set to appear on the Channel 4 show hosted by Sarah Beeny "Double Your House For Half The Money". The channel 4 show which airs September 17th at 8pm follows a family as they are undergoing major home renovations to accommodate the growing needs of their 7 year old disabled daughter Iona-May who suffers quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

    Iona-May enjoying her new sensory room Iona-May enjoying her new sensory room

    Experia were approached by Channel 4 to donate specialist equipment for the show, but after seeing the fund raising efforts the family had put in to create a better environment for their daughter, they couldn’t stop there, "I was bowled away when I saw the amount of effort put in by the whole family with the fund raising" says Richard Nelson, Marketing Manager at Experia, "This family really had gone the extra mile for Iona-May, and we couldn't let them settle for second best with the crowning glory of the house, the sensory room."

    Experia donated a fully loaded state of the art wireless sensory room which included a Bubble Tube, Infinity Panel, Fibre Optics, Projector, UV Lights, and a Sensory Resource Box to Iona-May, all of which help create a calming and relaxing environment.

    The day of the reveal was a magical moment as Iona-May entered her brand new wireless sensory room for the first time. Instantly mesmerised by the fibre optic strands, Iona-May soon had a favourite piece of sensory equipment in the shape of an Experia Fibre Optic Cascade.

    The Experia installation team installed the room the day before the big reveal with the family over the moon with the radical transformation of their old kitchen, Vicki Thorne, the mother of Iona-May stating "I have to admit to being totally blown away with the sensory room - simply awesome. It is still hard to believe that this amazing room is actually in our home and that we can go in there anytime we like and play as a family or for peace and quiet or therapy sessions with Iona-may."

    "There are so many times when Iona-may is unwell or the weather is bad and we can't get out and the sensory room is going to be the central part of the home where we can spend quality time together as a family. Nana has story times and music sessions planned with Iona-may and Henry cuddled up on the bean bags which will give me some free time too."

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  • We've Moved!

    After weeks of planning we have now moved to our new offices on High Street, Grimethorpe. Our new offices and manufacturing centre is around 3 times larger than our previous giving us a fantastic working environment and also room for our rapid growth.Experia

    If you have any questions about our location change, please let us know!  We will be happy to address any questions or concerns.

    Email: info@experia-innovations.co.uk

    Freephone: 0800 612 607

    Our new office/manufacturing address is :Acorn Phase 3
    High Street
    Grimethorpe
    Barnsley
    South Yorkshire
    S72 7BD

  • University of Bath opens autism summer school

    A summer school is due to open at the University of Bath to attract autistic students into higher education.

    Issues which may put off prospective students will be covered such as stress and anxiety and how to build social skills while living away from home.

    Autistic students will be given a taste of student life over the two days at the University of Bath Autistic students will be given a taste of student life over the two days at the University of Bath

    Dr Mark Brosnan said: "It can be very anxiety-inducing this transition of being at home in a structured environment to going to university."

    Thirty places will be available at the summer school which opens in September.

    "We are particularly targeting those who are thinking of going to university so we are talking about the higher-functioning end of the spectrum," said Dr Brosnan, who is running the course.

    "There are some very specific needs there - they can be extremely academically gifted and would do extraordinarily well on the academic side but may need additional support on the social side," he added.

    The two-day course will be free to those who have been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Dr Brosnan hopes to expand the summer school and hold it every year, if funding can be secured.

    BBC News. (2013). University of Bath opens autism summer school. Available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-23030755. Last accessed 25th August 2013.

  • Theatre Shows Autistic Children Can Enjoy

    Five-year-old Charlie Webb, right, who has Asperger's, meets the cast of Spot’s Birthday Party at the Oxford Playhouse with his sister, Amber, two, and his mother, Tracey. Photograph: Damian Halliwell for the Guardian Five-year-old Charlie Webb, right, who has Asperger's, meets the cast of Spot’s Birthday Party at the Oxford Playhouse with his sister, Amber, two, and his mother, Tracey. Photograph: Damian Halliwell for the Guardian

    For most five-year-old boys, a trip to the cinema is a treat. But for Charlie Webb, who has Asperger's syndrome, it's a sensory overload – and not in a good way. He has finely tuned hearing and hates sudden loud noises: hand-driers and helicopters upset him, so you can imagine how he feels with Dolby Surround Sound. "I don't want to go again," he told his mother, Tracey, after his second and final trip.

    Other family outings, along with his father, Dustin, and sister, Amber, two, can be anxiety-inducing. The slightest change to the usual setup – a slide moved, say, or the menu changed – upsets him. Trips to the local park in Oxford are full of everyday social rules that he finds hard to understand, such as queueing and waiting. "When he gets angry, it's like a classic two-year-old's tantrum but on a five-year-old," says Tracey.

    So when she heard about a theatre show at the Oxford Playhouse in February of Spot's Birthday Party, aimed at children on the autistic spectrum, she jumped at it. It was a chance to take Charlie along to something stimulating, but not frightening. "I'd never been brave enough to take him before," she says.

    The play was a "relaxed performance", which means the theatre turns a blind eye to – indeed actively encourages – potentially disruptive behaviour. It allows children to move around and provides a less frightening environment. Actors, front of house, back-stage crew and box-office staff are prepared for what to expect during the performance, and "visual stories" – simplified information about the play and the theatre – are emailed to parents beforehand.

    "The aim is to cater for the full spectrum of autistic behaviour, from profound disability to anxiety," says Kirsty Hoyle, project manager of the relaxed performances project run by the Society of London Theatre and The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. This means anything from children groaning and rocking in their wheelchairs to reacting to the action on stage in an endearingly pantomimic way – "Watch out!" During one show, a child repeatedly shouted "Mango!"

    To read the full article please click here

     Booth, H. (2013). Theatre Shows Autistic Children Can Enjoy. Available: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/may/25/theatre-shows-autistic-children. Last accessed 10th June 2013.

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