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  • Multi-sensory environments in Dementia care

    According to Science Daily - A new guide has shed fresh light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have when caring for people with dementia. The guide contains advice about different materials and tools that can be used to stimulate senses, such as scents like lavender to relax and calm, sounds from the great outdoors and foods with particular flavours. These can all help to improve mood, trigger memories and engage people living with dementia. new guide developed by two British academics has shed fresh light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have when caring for people with dementia.

    The publication, How to make a sensory room for people living with dementia, has been unveiled as part of the Inside Out Festival, which showcases contributions universities make to the English capital's cultural life. Produced by researchers Dr Anke Jakob, from London's Kingston University, and Dr Lesley Collier, from the University of Southampton, the guide highlights the importance of having a space specifically designed to meet the needs of people living with the condition.

    Sensory rooms provided gentle stimulation of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell and movement in a controlled way, Dr Jakob explained. "They can enhance feelings of comfort and well-being, relieve stress and pain and maximise a person's potential to focus, all of which help improve communication and memory," she said. "Traditionally, these spaces have been geared more towards younger adults and children with physical or learning disabilities. However, our approach emphasises the benefits of addressing all the senses to support residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia in a care home environment. Soft textiles, familiar everyday objects, interesting things to smell and taste, sound and film can all have an important part to play in that process."

    The guide contains advice about different materials and tools that can be used to stimulate senses, such as scents like lavender to relax and calm, sounds from the great outdoors and foods with particular flavours. These can all help to improve mood, trigger memories and engage people living with dementia.

    Maizie Mears-Owen, Head of Dementia at Care UK, acted as an advisor on the project and provided the researchers with access to homes and multi-sensory environments within the organisation's network. "We fully appreciate the need for meaningful stimulation and creating relaxing, calming spaces where people living with dementia can 'just be'," she said. "Although LED lights have been shown to have a positive impact on residents' mood and behaviour, we mustn't forget the more subtle ways in which people are naturally stimulated through sounds, taste, scents and touch -- all of which can have a more emotive impact than sight."

    Top tips from the guide, which is available to download free of charge from www.kingston.ac.uk/sensoryroom, include:

    - Create a space that is accessible and safe, both with and without supervision

    - Bring the outdoors inside with a water feature, plants, shells, conkers and stone

    - Old films with simpler plots can help prompt memories

    - Scents can help stimulate a mood, such as lavender to relax and calm

    - Introduce tactile stimulation through cushions made from various materials, with buttons, pockets, ribbons and zips

    - Ensure items are age appropriate and familiar

    - Music played in the background can improve mood and helps to engage care residents

    - Don't forget taste as a sensory component as it can help prompt memories and emotion

    - Having familiar personal items on display can help an individual settle and relax before engaging in activity

    - Ensure the sensory room or space is a comfortable temperature and has good air quality through regular airing or using an air conditioning unit

  • Sensory Room Engages Disabled Users in Fun and Joy

    New 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

  • 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

  • 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. Continue reading

  • 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.

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