Focus on Scotland - Sensory room opens up a whole new world for pupils
22 December 2016
Earlier in the year, Park School in Kilmarnock became the latest to benefit from a partnership between the Lord’s Taverners and BT, which has seen more than £500,000 invested to create special multi-sensory classrooms across the UK.
Multi-sensory rooms feature a relaxing and stimulating variety of lights, sounds and textures, which help children with physical and learning disabilities to develop communication and physical skills, build friendships and get a confidence boost.
Park School has more than 100 students aged from five to 18 who have a range of learning and physical disabilities and associated difficulties, such as autism, communication problems and sensory impairment.
Park School’s Carol-Anne Burns said: “Our new sensory lounge is opening up a whole new world for our pupils. It’s providing them with a stimulating environment which promotes social interactions, increased concentration, improved creativity and the ability to improve their coordination and motor development – all in an atmosphere where pupils feel mentally and physically relaxed. The list of benefits to pupils is endless.”
Multi-sensory equipment ranges from lighting, sound effects and music to mirrors, bubble tubes, fibre optic multi-coloured strands, soft mattresses and aromatic oils.
One of the main pieces of equipment installed at Park School is a ‘magic carpet’ preloaded with more than 50 interactive applications such as Fish Pond, Tiles, Star Scatter, Piano, Football, Paint and many more. As minimal movement is needed, it’s suitable for all users regardless of ability.
We’ve invested £25,000 in the development of the new sensory room at Park School.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “I’ve been delighted to witness the positive effect the new BT sensory room will have. I hope the pupils and staff of Park School will find this classroom with a difference a real asset for many years to come.”
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