Middlesbrough FC and sensory specialists Experia have boosted the club’s sensory offering with a range of new specialist products at the club’s Riverside Stadium, to enable fans with a range of learning difficulties to enjoy football matches in a specially-designed safe environment.
Multisensory equipment: not just for special education settings
Autism affects about one in 100 children, with an estimated 71% of children with autism now attending a mainstream school, so it is more important than ever to help students on the autistic spectrum get the support they need to thrive in a mainstream school setting. Continue reading
For making live sport accessible to those with sensory difficulties, The Shippey Campaign is our featured CHARITY OF THE MONTH.
Large sporting events can often result in sensory overload for fans with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to a 2014 NAS survey, 43% of individuals, families and carers affected by autism cite sensory difficulties as the reason for their non-participation in sport.
This abstract statistic became a challenging reality for parents Peter Shippey and Kate Shippey when their eldest child developed a love of football.
About Dementia Awareness Week
This week is Dementia Awareness Week. Spearheaded by Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Awareness Week is dedicated to raising the profile of the condition in the public eye. Throughout this week there will be national and regional press coverage, awareness-raising and fundraising events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The focus of this year’s campaign is uniting together against dementia to improve care, offer help and understanding and give everyone the help they need.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects a person's communication, interaction, behaviour, and interests. Because it is a spectrum of disorders, the level at which sufferers are affected varies from person to person. Some individuals are only slightly impaired by their symptoms, whilst others have more severe disabilities. Children on the autism spectrum often lack the ability to filter out irrelevant sensory information, which can cause them to be withdrawn and respond in unusual ways. Not being able to process sensory information properly is problematic as it can lead to everyday life becoming a big and unnerving struggle.
Students at NE-AS Facility Newton Aycliffe School will be some of the first to benefit from new state-of-the-art sensory equipment
Leading sensory specialist Experia has created a new state-of-the-art room for young adults at Aycliffe School in County Durham.
The independent specialist school, which is based in the North East Centre for Autism, Newton Aycliffe, received more than £9,000 from the Postcode Community Trust (funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery) to help finance the specialist project. Continue reading
As well as the traditional calming use of sensory equipment, dynamic and interactive sensory equipment can change a child's life.
Sensory rooms provide a unique sensory experience to people of all sensory abilities. These rooms can help to aid sensory development by guiding individuals through various challenges that target their sensory ability to correctly respond to sensory information. This is best achieved through providing a specially designed space that gives a tailored experience to the individual. Additionally, sensory rooms can also improve skills such as balance and hand-eye coordination. And of course, sensory rooms can be used purely as a fun treat!
Sensory gardens have a vast range of benefits and are a perfect way to improve the sensory development of autism sufferers.
Autism is a developmental disability that impairs social interaction, communication, and behaviour. Sufferers find it hard to understand the emotions of others, and often have delayed language development. It is common for individuals with autism to suffer from a variety of cognitive, learning, emotional, and behaviour problems. There is no cure for autism, but speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, educational support, and a number of autism interventions are available to help sufferers and improve their way of life.
Staff and young adults at Hannahs in Ivybridge are seeing great benefits from their state-of-the-art sensory room.
The charity, which has two sites in Devon, provides care for children and young adults with profound and multiple physical and learning difficulties. Hannahs approached Experia to create a tailored sensory room for its residents as it wanted something original which would be suitable for young adults. Continue reading
What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability which affects the way people interact with others and how they perceive the world around them; it lasts for life. Those who have autism see, hear and feel the world around them differently to others. Autism isn’t a disease or illness with a cure and it carries on being a part of someone’s life, as part of their identity, all the way through. Continue reading