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Our Install Team began 2021 to a bright sensory start as they travelled down to The Hollies School in Cardiff to create two new Sensory Integration Rooms for their special school community.
We were first contacted by Rachel o’Keefe, an ALN (Additional Learning Needs) teacher, via our website. She was keen to launch an inclusive project that would integrate sensory into everyday school life, creating spaces for pupils to relax, develop and explore their senses.
With a target to complete the project before Welsh schools reopening on the 12th of April, our Sensory Design and Installation Team were excited to get to work.
Inspired by The Hollies’ school values, we designed the new Sensory Integration Rooms as inclusive spaces that students could use to explore and discover, play and interact, and engage and learn.
Designed as an antidote to frustrating classroom environments, the first Sensory Integration Room is filled with active sensory resources perfect for letting loose, expelling energy, and discovering how your body moves.
The second sensory room was designed as a soft, safe, interactive play space, where students could create, interact and explore their senses in a way that works for them.
Pupils in this room have the control and freedom to turn it into a personalised sensory space, enhancing their mood and wellbeing and developing key skills such as self-control and self-awareness.
Alongside the Sensory Integration Rooms, we also supplied The Hollies with three of our portable Sensory Voyagers, giving the schools sensory team flexibility if covid restrictions meant the main sensory rooms needed to close.
Gliding from classroom to classroom, the Sensory Voyager’s sensory lighting and tactile distractions are great for helping anxious students feel more comfortable in busy classroom environments.
They’re a great resource for creating inclusive learning environments and keeping kids in the classroom instead of removing them and taking them into a separate space.
This was another fantastic sensory project that we have been proud to work on. Helping to make a special school even more special by adapting their current classroom settings into truly inclusive learning environments for every pupil in The Hollies community.
Classrooms 3 and 4 have finally had the makeover we have been waiting so long for. The children love the new equipment, and it is great to see the sensory gym helping the children to improve their gross motor skills and emotional regulation. It has been lovely to also hear lots of laughter 😊Rachel o'Keefe, ALN Teacher