Does your multisensory room follow the AAA principles?

The most successful sensory room designs are those based on the needs of the learners who use the space. Here’s where the ‘AAA’ principles of room design fit in: Availability Appropriateness Achievability Availability: Your multisensory tools and equipment need to be available when you need them – and to work first time. It’s frustrating to…

Sensory Learning Journeys

Steve Briggs, a previous Principal of Beaumont College, Lancaster was an inspiration to many, including myself. I listened to him talk about creating “a rich density of non-contingent reinforcement”. I just agreed and thought what a great idea… but inevitably thought, what is he on about? Of course, what he was seeking was perfection in…

Fibre Optics – Touching is important

“Trailing strands of cascading colour” is a very romantic way to describe fibre optics, but the effect is visually stunning. The colour changing tubes transmit no heat or electricity, which makes them very safe to handle. They are a great alternative to any mains-powered lighting, which is unsafe to touch. This is the key to…

Pairing and Sharing

Speech, language, and communication needs (SLCN) run through the autism spectrum from one ‘end’ to the other. They are like words through a stick of Blackpool rock. Wherever you snap that stick, there is the word Blackpool running right through it. SLCN is universal across autism and is fundamental to the pattern of differences we…

The role of the iPad/tablet Coordinator

In order to ensure that technical equipment is being used well and kept in good working order, it may be beneficial to appoint someone as an iPad/tablet Coordinator. They should understand how to get support from either Apple or a third-party provider and be responsible for the distribution of the iPads. Safety of the equipment…

Think of a number

If I said to you that I was going to construct a studio in your school, centre or home, what would you think? A studio, what kind? Music, drama, art, dance, television, or even a creative science lab could come to mind. Like many multisensory environments, much of the equipment used in a sensory theme…