The benefits of a multisensory environment have become much more apparent in recent years, with a key indicator of this being the steadily increasing appearance of sensory rooms in schools, and outside of the typical home/care home environment in general. In December 2018, education secretary Damian Hinds announced that councils...
Coined by OT Patricia Wilbarger in 1984, a sensory diet essentially entails the adjusting of sensory input to suit an individual's specific sensory needs. This is done by utilising suitable sensory products and activities that together form a sensory strategy to target and accommodate those needs. For children, these activities are commonly incorporated into play. Having the correct sensory diet in place improves occupational performance and aids the functioning of sensory processing systems, as well as helps to develop key faculties, such as gross and fine motor skills. Continue reading
Making multisensory app technology truly accessible to all
The original app-controlled sensory room, Experia’s IRiS+ is now available on Android™!
Imagine a sensory room where everything you can see, hear and touch can be controlled through your phone or tablet!
This has been the reality for Experia’s customers since 2013, via iPad, iPod and iPod Touch.
But not everyone has an Apple device, and so Experia has developed an Android app so that the unique, personalised Interactive Reward System (IRiS) technology really can be used by everyone!
Women and girls experience autism very differently to boys and men
It’s still more common for men and boys to receive a diagnosis of autism. Lorna Wing found in her paper on sex ratios in early childhood autism that among people with 'high-functioning autism' or Asperger syndrome, there were as many as 15 times more men and boys diagnosed as women and girls, and experts are only just starting to see that this has a lot more to do with the diagnostic process than with actual rates of autism amongst females... Continue reading
THIS WEEK'S SENSORY STORIES
Whether heart-warming stories or scientific breakthroughs, we'll cover all the essential new from the week, in one handy place!
UK AIRPORTS STILL DELAYING SUPPORT FOR AUTISTIC PASSENGERS
Many autistic travellers find air travel a difficult experience due to the airport environment. Large crowds, noise, invasive security checks and disruption to familiar routine, can all make travelling abroad difficult for many individuals with ASD and their families. Despite clear guidelines published by the Civil Aviation Authority in December 2016 on how UK airports should support people with hidden disabilities, new research recently conducted by Experia has uncovered that little has improved for those travellers with these disabilities, in particular autism.
LOCAL AUTHORITIES FAILING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS STATES PARENTS AND EXPERIA
The Government recently announced it was giving schools in England an extra £1.3bn over the next two years, on top of its earlier promise in March, but Experia and parents are questioning if this is enough, and whether the Government should be doing more.
Sensory cart technology helps people living with dementia
Developed by Experia, the Sensory Cart has a number of features designed to help those suffering with dementia to relax; the cart also helps de-escalate stressful and upsetting situations experienced by those suffering with different forms of the disease.
Offering a number of benefits to the user, the Cart houses a built-in DVD player and screen, which can help those using the Cart to reminisce through visual distraction, such as enjoying a film of their choice; and, because it is portable, this means the Sensory Cart can be used within different environments, such as nursing homes, health centres, hospitals and hospices.
Experia is coming to Rehacare 2017
...and will be launching something new and exciting!
REHACARE is the leading international trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion and care. Held 4th - 7th October, Experia is proud to be exhibiting at the event in Düsseldorf, Germany, on what is Rehacare's 40th year!