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
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!
Middlesbrough FC Kicks Off Sensory Offering
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.
Autism in Mainstream Schools
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
Charity of the Month: The Shippey Campaign
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.
North East Autism Society's Future-Proofed Sensory Room
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
What is a Sensory Room used for?
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!
Planning A Sensory Room
It’s like a sensory massage. Ahhhhh. Step into a sensory room, or otherwise known as a multisensory environment, and witness the profound effect on an individual in need. Soothing, calming, organizing and orienting are just a few benefits of time well spent in one of these special places. Continue reading