Spring Sensory Activity Pack

 

Get ready to explore a world of sensory play with our specially curated spring sensory activity pack that’s bursting with creativity and fun!

From vibrant arts and crafts projects to sensory activities and hands-on experiments, this eggstra-special pack is designed to bring a touch of magic to your springtime adventures. Let your creativity bloom. Get ready to dive in and let the springtime fun begin!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Springtime Snap
  • Garden Carrot Cake Recipe
  • Mirror Madness
  • Crafty Sheep Crafts
  • Maze Challenges
  • Chocolate Dough Slime
  • The Bug Hub
  • Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Head to our Activity Pack page to download your copy of the Spring Activity Pack.

 

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Halloween Sensory Activity Pack 2023

 

If you’re after some spooktacular autumn activities to thrill your little monster’s senses, dive into our free Halloween Sensory Activity Pack! Specially assembled by our sensory team, the pack is designed to keep little hands busy whilst nurturing and developing senses and letting their creativity run wild!

What you’ll find inside:

  • Autumn Scavenger Hunt
  • Spider Biscuits Recipe
  • Maze Challenge
  • Pumpkin Slime Recipe
  • Pet Party Counting Activity
  • Bubbling Brew Science Experiment
  • Spooky Dot to Dots
  • Leaf Crown Crafts
  • Halloween Cat Colouring Pages

Our seasonal activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

 

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5 Things We Learned From The Paediatric Dental Health Conference

 

In March, we were invited to attend the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s Study Day in Cardiff.

Dr Rohini Mohan, Swansea Bay’s Clinical Lead for Community Dental Services, invited us to listen to her presentation about caring for patients with sensory difficulties.

Over the past year, Rohini and her colleague Bethan Morgan have been conducting a study into the use of sensory resources in making treatments more accessible for younger patients with special needs, autism and sensory processing difficulties. One of our Sensory Voyagers has been a key part of her study, and Rohini was keen for us to bring one to the conference so her colleagues could see its sensory magic in person.

We had a fantastic day at the event. And to make sure you don’t miss out, we’ve put together the top 5 things we learned from Rohini’s presentation.

1. Hospital settings are naturally overwhelming environments.

Everyday spaces we take for granted can be sensory nightmares for children with sensory issues.

Hospitals, with their bright lights, white walls, busy corridors, and odd smells and sounds, create an unusually overstimulating environment that can be difficult for people with sensory processing issues to digest.

“Unknowingly, we have been hampering how we deliver care to children who experience sensory issues,” Rohini explained. “Sensory environments within hospitals are out of our control. We should be doing more to make our treatment environments accessible.”

2. We like to talk about inclusivity, but are we always being inclusive?

Making treatment environments more accessible for patients with sensory processing issues is crucial to inclusivity. Although Bethan was keen to point out that “other barriers to dental care can make it difficult for autistic patients to receive treatment.”

These include cognitive and physical disabilities, difficulty with communication, and anxiety, which is one of the main issues in access to dental services, especially for people with learning difficulties.

Rohini Delivers Her Presentation

3. Thank You, Wendy Sparkle!

After catching sight of one of our portable Sensory Voyager trollies wheeling around Bridgend Hospital, Rohini came up with the idea to use the Sensory Voyager to calm and relax patients before their treatment.

Wendy Sparkle, one of the hospital’s play specialists, explained to Rohini what the Voyager was, what it could do, and how it would be helpful for children with additional needs.

Rohini asked if she could borrow it, and Wendy agreed, kickstarting Rohini’s big inclusive sensory experiment.

Sensory Voyager in Dental Treatment Room

4. The Sensory Voyager ‘Worked Like Magic’

After using the Sensory Voyager in her clinic for just over a year, Rohi and her team concluded that the sensory trolley had made a hugely positive impact on the levels of care they could provide to children with additional needs.

“Our patients were so focused on the voyager, they didn’t get too agitated, and they were happy to sit around and play with the fibre optics, watch the lights, watch the bubbles go up and down – it was amazing.”

  • Anxiety from patients in the waiting room went from yellow and red (highly anxious), to green (calm) during treatment.
  • 96% saw a change in their behaviour/ feelings when using the sensory unit, and 100% said it was a positive change.
  • 91% completed their treatment, and 100% felt like the sensory Voyager played a part in that success.
  • 100% would like to use the Voyager in the future.

5. A Sensory Success Story

Since completing their study, Rohini and her team have adopted another Sensory Voyager trolley. So now they have two twinkling units rolling through their clinic!

Not only are the trollies used by patients with autism or special needs, but they’re used with patients who may be simply feeling anxious before they go in for treatment.

At the end of the day, we just want to make everybody’s lives easier. Ours, the parents, and the patients,” Rohini explained.

Young Child Plays with the Sensory Voyager

Rohini and her team will be conducting more research into the clinical use of Sensory Voyagers in treatment settings to expand their studies and explore the broader consequences of using sensory as a therapeutic distraction method.

And we can’t wait to see how far the Voyager’s magic can flow!

Find out more about our portable Sensory Voyagers. And if you have any questions about the use of sensory equipment in treatment clinics, make sure you get in touch with a member of our friendly sensory team 🙂

The Rhino Sensory Trailer: Bringing Sensory To You

Introducing the Rhino Sensory Trailer

The Rhino Sensory Trailer is a portable sensory room on wheels. We’ve designed and built the trailer so that you can see and experience the magic of a Sensory Room before you decide to buy one for yourself.

Perfect for calming and wellbeing activities, the Sensory Trailer has been designed with Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Autism in mind. It’s wheelchair accessible, infection control friendly, and a great soft, safe space for younger children and older adults to relax, enjoy and discover their senses.

 

Inside the Rhino Sensory Trailer

What’s inside the Rhino Sensory Trailer?

The portable sensory room is jam-packed with interactive resources, perfect for a morning or afternoon of play!

Whether you’re looking for a calming session, sat back relaxing on the cosy bench seating, surrounded by twinkling fibre optics and the brilliantly bubbling colours of the trio of bubble and hurricane tubes. Or a creative learning session, dancing, jumping and moving across the dynamic images and games generated by the interactive projector system. We’re sure that you’ll be able to create an experience perfect for you!

List of Sensory Trailer Resources

  • Bubble Tube and Hurricane Tubes
  • Hurricane Wall Panel
  • Sound & Light Panel
  • Fibre Optics
  • Interactive Floor Projector
  • LED Light Cube
  • Cosy Beanbags
  • Handheld and Glow in The Dark Resources
  • Bluetooth Speakers

 

Wonder faced child in the Rhino Sensory Trailer

How many people can fit inside the trailer?

The trailer can comfortably fit up to five children as they connect, communicate and socialise together.

 

Learning with the Bubble Tubes in the Rhino Sensory Trailer

What can the Sensory Trailer be used for?

The trailer and its controlled environment are ideal for calming, thinking about emotions, and therapeutically supporting wellbeing.

Although it can also be used as an alternative space for one-to-one or group learning sessions. Pupils can use the learning suite on the Interactive Floor Projector to creatively develop maths, English and cause and effect skills. Or they can use the Bubble Tubes to learn more about colours and preferences.

Learning in a controlled sensory environment is beneficial for children on the autism spectrum, as it gives them the space and the opportunity to learn freely in a way that works for them.

 

Playing together in the Rhino Sensory Trailer

How can I hire the Sensory Trailer?

All you have to do is fill out this form. Once you’ve filled it out, a member of our friendly sensory team will be in touch to organise the trip.

If you’d prefer, you can talk to a member of our team directly at 01270 766660 to book the trailer and ask any questions you may have.

 

Inside he Rhino Sensory Trailer

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Winter Sensory Activity Pack 2022

Tis the time for the most sensory of seasons…

Can you hear the festive jingle bells? Feel the warmth of a crackling of a fire? Smell the pine and peppermint in the air? And taste the sweetness of a hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows?

As an early Christmas treat, our sensory team have put together a free sensory activity pack for you to get stuck into! It’s free to download and filled with exciting activities designed to stimulate your senses – whether that’s making sweet-smelling strawberry marshmallow slimecarefully connecting and colouring Christmas dot-to-dotsor creating snowball surprise soap.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Winter Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

Winter Sensory Activity Pack

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Week 2022

It’s November – which means it’s time to celebrate Occupational Therapy Week!

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists created OT Week to bring awareness to OTs and all of the fantastic work they do. This year it runs from the 7th to the 13th of November.

It may only officially be a week, but we’re planning on celebrating the magic, wonder and support OTs provide for a whole month.

Girl on Platform Swing

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a holistic, science-based type of physical and mental therapy that aims to help people live their best lives.

Through strengthening, balancing, calming, talking, learning, moving and thinking, occupational therapists give clients confidence in themselves and their bodies – boosting wellbeing and helping them on their path to independence.

Boy on Platform Swing

What is Occupational Therapy Week?

Occupational Therapy Week was created by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to bring awareness to occupational therapists and all of the amazing work they do.

It’s an important time to celebrate, too, as the current political, social and economic climate has created an increased need for occupational therapy services.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, there has been an:

  • 85% increase in the number of people seeking children’s services
  • 82% increase in demand for OT lead rehabilitation services
  • 55% of children and young people do not meet the recommended targets for physical activity
  • 7 million people in the UK are chronically lonely, 1 million more than pre-pandemic.

To try and turn the tide on these depressing figures, this year’s OT Week Celebrations are about ‘Lifting Up Your Everyday’ – and how little things can make huge differences to your health and wellbeing in the long term.

Sensory Integration Room

Rhino UK & Occupational Therapy

We’re proud to work alongside Occupational Therapists to help them deliver top-quality therapeutic services.

Whether we’re supplying portable resources for on-the-road therapists, designing and building state-of-the-art Sensory Integration Rooms for practical OT sessions, or advising therapists about which occupational therapy resources would best support their clients’ therapeutic needs.

We know that actions speak louder than words, so check out our video case study at More Rehab.

 

More Rehab is an occupational therapy centre that supports the south Yorkshire area with therapy, rehabilitation and physiotherapy services. We collaborated with their OTs to create an inclusive sensory integration space to be used by clients of all ages to develop their motor, balance and confidence skills.

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Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

 

It’s officially spooky season!

To help you get into the spirit, our Sensory Team has put together a wickedly awesome Halloween activity pack for you to get stuck into. It’s free to download and filled with ghoulish games, spooky recipes, creepy crafts, slimy science, scary snacks, monsterous colouring pages, and even more frighteningly fun activities designed to stimulate and develop your senses.

Our activity booklet is perfect for anyone with a sensory processing disorder, learning disability, autism, or a free afternoon to explore their senses.

Download our Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

You can download it right here.

 

Halloween Sensory Activity Pack

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Salford SEND Conference 2022

In October, our sensory team will be heading to Manchester to take part in Salford University’s annual Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Conference.

The conference will see sector leaders, professionals and parents come together to discuss special needs education in light of the Covid 19 pandemic, as many educators have seen SEND students ‘forgotten, left behind, or overlooked’ after years of disruption.

Our sensory team has over 15 years of experience helping to make schools inclusive for students of all ages and abilities, supporting their wellbeing, and nurturing their development. Whether that’s:

  • Creating calming sensory rooms where students can rest and reset between classes.
  • Designing sensory gardens that stimulate and connect senses to nature.
  • Building sensory integration rooms that actively develop students’ minds and bodies.
  • Providing portable sensory resources, like our sensory voyager trollies, that can be wheeled from room to room and shared between classes, distracting and calming users while they expand their minds.
  • Transforming underutilised rooms into immersive reality spaces that can be used for learning, socialising and play.

Make sure you stop by and chat with our friendly sales team at the conference. They’ll be more than happy to share their expert advice and answer any questions you may have.

If you haven’t already reserved your space at the conference, you can register right here.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Team Rhino!

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A Guide To Sensory Swings

Is there anything better than swinging in the sunny summer sunshine? Legs swinging, hair blowing in the wind, with a big smile on your face as you woosh forwards and backwards.

Swinging is a great way for us to have fun, get active, and develop our senses. Introducing a swing into your sensory garden, room, or home is a great way to actively develop motor, vestibular and proprioceptive senses that will help you feel more comfortable and confident in your body.

There are lots of different types of swings and swing frames on the market, and it can be a little bit difficult to know where to start. To help you out, our Sensory Experts have put together this handy guide to help you learn more about swings, their benefits and which one might be best for you and your sensory environment. Keep scrolling to find out more 😊

Benefits of Sensory Swings

  • Vestibular Input: The therapeutic motion of swings helps to stimulate and develop our vestibular systems – which help our balance!
    • The simple swinging motion is a passive way of developing vestibular skills. Because of this, swinging is particularly beneficial for people with physical disabilities, as they wouldn’t usually be able to create or experience vestibular stimulation.
  • Therapeutic Relaxation: Calming swinging back and forth can help your body relax.
    • It’s a pleasant way of calming down, relaxing, and feeling more connected to our senses and bodies.
  • Spending Time in Nature: Most of our swings can be used outside so that you can swing and connect with nature.
    • It’s a great excuse to get some fresh air and swing in the sun. Perfect for sunny summer days.
  • Sensory Integration: Swings are an important part of sensory integration rooms as they help you to connect your senses and feel more like one in your body.
    • Swings can be used alongside other sensory resources to develop skills in Sensory Integration rooms.
      • Lay down on a platform swing and try to grab objects from underneath you.
      • Coordinate your movements to catch a ball whilst swinging.
      • Try to throw a ball at a target whilst swinging.
  • Sensory Exercise: Some of our more active swings are great for helping you achieve a fun dose of daily exercise.
      • Moving your legs and bodies in sync to get the swing moving, and tensing your core muscles to stay firmly on the swing seat, is a simple and effective way of getting active.

Girl on Platform Swing

 

The Key Skills You Develop While Swinging

  • ProprioceptiveFeeling comfortable and in control of how your body moves.
  • VestibularSense of balance, movement and position.
  • Gross MotorDevelopment of larger muscle systems that help your body move.
  • Spatial AwarenessKnowing where your body is in space in relation to other people and objects.
  • Sensory IntegrationHow your body processes, integrates and organises information from your senses.

Boy on Platform Swing

 

Which Swing is Best for Me?

Swings come in all shapes and sizes – alongside traditional swing seats, you can also swing on platforms, nets and in cosy cocoons.

Each swing type brings its own benefits; some are better suited for certain sensory preferences, disabilities, or spaces.

Our sensory experts have come together to discuss their swing recommendations so that you can find the best one for you!

The sensory swing.

 

Swing Seats

The Best Swing for Your Sensory Garden

  • Belizze Hanging Chair: Our colourful Belizze Chair is perfect for sunny summer days and relaxing sensory swinging. It has a cosy cushioned support that provides comforting proprioceptive feedback, helping users to feel comfortable and confident while they sit and swing.

Best Swing for Sensory Rooms

  • Sling Swing: Part sensory den, part weighted blanket, part swing – the soft and stretchy Sling Swing moulds around your body, creating a calming hug-like effect and a personal space for you to explore your senses. Climb inside to read a book, have a quick nap, or go for a relaxing swing session; it’s a useful resource for bedrooms or calming rooms.

The Best Swing for Sensory Integration Rooms

  • Swing Platform: Their simplicity and adaptability made our Swing Platforms perfect for Sensory Integration Rooms. The large platform gives users a stable place to sit, lie down or stand on top – from which they can develop vestibular, proprioceptive and motor skills.
    • See the swing platform in action in our case study video at More Rehab.

Rhino UK Sensory Swing Guide

Best Swings for Adults

  • Swinger: Sit back and unwind in our cosy Swinger. Its adjustable neck pillow, footrest and armrests provide comforting proprioceptive stimulation. The swing’s shape and design are made for adults who’d like to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of swinging.

The Best Swings for Kids

  • Taco Swing: The Taco Swing is great for kids. Its strong and stretchy material lets them explore their senses whilst they let their imagination run wild. Kids can actively jump up and down and use the swing as a trampoline; lie down and let the material wrap around them, creating a calming proprioceptive pressure, before they swing back and forth like they’re flying; or they can simply stand and put their core motor skills to the test to swing the swing.

Best Swing Seats

  • Full Support Seat: If you’re looking for a classic swing seat, then we’d recommend our Full Support Seats. They come in three sizes and are made for people of all ages to enjoy safe sensory swinging. The seat has a harness vest attached to it to provide support for people with disabilities so they feel safe and secure whilst swinging.
    • We’d recommend our Full Support Swing Seats for sensory integration rooms and sensory gardens, as you need a nice open space to swing safely.

Rhino UK Sensory Swing Blog

 

Swing Frames

Swing Frames for Sensory Gardens

  • Single Swing Frame: The single swing frame is an easy-to-install versatile swing. It’s just the right size for most back gardens and has a weight limit of 200kg, so it can safely swing adults and children.
    • The swing frame is compatible with most of our swing seat range so that you can always swing in style.

Best Swing Frames for Sensory Rooms

  • C Frame: The C Frame comes as an all-in-one ready-to-use swing frame, complete with a triple-point suspension bracket and safety mats – all you need is to choose which swing you’d like to swing from.
    • Its curved shape means it can easily fit into the corners of rooms, taking up less space and giving you more room to explore your senses.
    • The triple suspension point gives you full swinging freedom. Swing back and forth, side to side, or round and round – developing your vestibular senses!
    • The frame is protected and padded with safety foam so that it’s safe for sensory play environments.

 Swing Frames for Sensory Integration Rooms

  • Custom Free Standing Beam Frame: For its strength, number of suspension points, and adaptability, we’d recommend our bespoke free-standing beam frames for Sensory Integration spaces.
    • You can comfortably hang almost all of our sensory swings from the beams, using the different suspension points to create unique ways of swinging.
    • The legs of the frame keep to the walls of the room, giving you lots of space underneath the frame for sensory integration activities.
    • It’s ideal for rooms with walls and ceilings that aren’t suitable for suspension.
    • Each beam is made to measure and designed so that you can make the most of your sensory space.

Rhino UK Guide to Sensory Swing Frames

 

More Information

  • Get in touch: Find out more about our swings and receive personal advice from our sensory team.
  • Explore the full collection: Our swings collection is filled with even more swings, frames and resources designed to stimulate and develop your vestibular senses.

nasen Live 2022

On July 15th, we’ll be heading down to the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham to take part in nasen Live 2022, ready to talk everything sensory!

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Inclusion by Design’, hoping to prompt discussion about how children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can feel more included and excited about learning.

Our sensory team has over 15 years of experience helping to make school and learning environments inclusive. Whether that’s:

  • Installing acoustic clouds to classroom ceilings to help reduce noise reverb to help students who are sound sensitive concentrate and focus during lessons.
  • Creating calming sensory rooms where students can rest and reset between classes.
  • Designing sensory gardens that stimulate and connect senses to nature.
  • Building sensory integration rooms that actively develop students’ minds and bodies.
  • Providing portable sensory resources like our sensory voyager trollies that can be wheeled from room to room and shared between classes, distracting and calming users while they expand their minds.

Make sure you stop by and chat with our friendly sales team on the day; they’ll be more than happy to share their expert advice and recommendations and answer any questions you may have. You can find us at Stand 52!

We look forward to seeing you there,

Team Rhino!

Key Information:

  • Date/Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on the 15th of July
  • Location: Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham, B40 1PU
  • Rhino UK Stand Number: 52