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The Bridge Special School
REFURBISHED DARK AND WHITE SENSORY ROOMS
In 2007 The Bridge School was relocated to the Hadley Learning Community in Telford. This was a £70 million project that enabled the creation of an inclusive learning campus across three schools and 39 acres of land.
The Bridge School is inclusive of all children from reception right through to secondary school. They pride themselves on their resources and enriching learning environments that are equipped to teach children with severe learning difficulties and disabilities.
Over the years, the school had had a number of sensory rooms and sensory resources, but they were starting to get old, and some resources were breaking. So to refresh their space, the school put out their feelers to a selection of sensory companies to see who’d best complete the job.
What happened next?
After speaking with a number of sensory companies, they decided to go with Rhino UK, basing their decision on our focus on customer service, high-quality products and reliable after-sales maintenance service.
Initially, we refurbished one white room and one dark room. But as The Bridge School were so impressed with the quality of our work, they asked us to come back and refurbish two more of their white and dark rooms!
The White Sensory Rooms
White rooms, sometimes known as light sensory rooms, are spaces for calming and relaxing individuals.
The Bridge Schools’ white room was designed with white padded walls and a range of lighting effects controlled by an Ensemble System. The ensemble system lets users affect the sound, light and images projected within the room so that they can design their own personalised calming sensory environment.
Teachers at the school wanted the room to have more advanced projection effects than the traditional Solar LED projector, so we installed a state of the art immersive surround projection system that’s able to create interactive sensory environments.
The flexibility of the sensory equipment, interactive lighting and software installed in the White Room enables therapists and teachers to use it for traditional sensory stimulation work with individuals or provide a group with an immersive multi-sensory learning environment.
The White Room included a hoist accessible padded platform, interactive bubble tube, interactive colour-changing LED Wall Wash, light scanner, colour pinspots, water projector, infinity tunnel, sound and light panel, sound system and more. The White Sensory Room allows multiple users to access the room with different opportunities for interaction, switch controls and comfortable places to sit.
The Dark Sensory Rooms
Dark rooms are sometimes known as black rooms or UV rooms. They’re therapeutic spaces that are particularly useful for users with visual impairments as the contrast between light and dark, as well as the brightly glowing UV resources, makes it easier to differentiate and define objects, helping users to develop hand-eye-co-ordination, visual processing and tracking skills.
The Bridge School’s dark room was created using black padded walls, a UV carpet, UV lights, interactive infinity tunnel, glow in the dark bubble wall, Fibre Optic Ceiling Ring, UV Waterfall, Solar Projector and sound system. The dark room creates a range of opportunities for visual exploration and interaction, as users can control the rooms light effects.
Since all four rooms have been completed Rhino has been in communication with the school on a frequent basis to see how they are getting on. They are very pleased with the rooms and they’re being used on a daily basis to help children develop their skills and learning.
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