Did you know that many people with a learning disability often do not have a reliable yes or no response?   They may say ‘yes’, and that they liked something, because they think that this is what you want to hear.   They may not have had many opportunities to give their opinions or make choices.   ‘No’ can also sometimes be used as a declaration of independence, rather than as...

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 The BBC’s Children in Need annual fundraising event returns this Friday, with the aim of raising a record-breaking amount of money to support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.   If you are a UK Charity, or not for profit organisation that works with children and young people, you can apply for a share of the funds that are raised.   Last year alone the annual fundraising...

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Did you know that colours have a range of emotional and subconscious effects that can help to reinforce different moods and even trigger biochemical responses?   It is for this reason that Sensory Rooms and Learning Environments designed by Sensory Guru, incorporate LED colour-wash lighting to create ambiance by bathing rooms in colour.   The colour blue, for example, symbolises and creates feelings of calmness. Studies have also shown...

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Read the case study   Staff at St Joseph’s Specialist School and College decided to purchase a Magic Carpet in October 2014, with the aim of enhancing the sensory experience for learners that use the school’s Nurture Room.   Since purchasing the device, staff have lived up to the school’s strapline of “no limits, just possibilities” and have proceeded to:   Take the lead in creating their own personalised apps...

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Magic Carpet has been announced as a finalist for the coveted BETT Awards 2018.   The stunning app-based interactive projection system, is a contender within the Classroom Aids for Learning, Teaching and Assessment category.   Products within this category must support creative approaches to learning e.g. resource creation, resource delivery, resource presentation, communication, collaboration, information sharing, resource discovery, self-reflection, analysis, hypothesis testing, modelling, decision-making and simulation.   The Director of BESA,...

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[caption id="attachment_20787" align="alignright" width="300"] Susan Milewski, Headteacher at Rugby Free Primary School[/caption] Rugby Free Primary School have invested in ground-breaking technology that can help to engage pupils, harness attention and control behaviour.   Magic Carpet is an interactive projection system that helps to stimulate and engage students by bringing complex and sometimes staid subjects to life.   Pupils simply move over the projected applications to interact with the content, which...

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  Magic Carpet in the Hospital Enviroment Case Study   King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust purchased a Mobile Magic Carpet in 2016, with the aim of enhancing the hospital visit by offering distraction play and providing interactive support during invasive procedures.   Sian Spencer-Little, a specialised play practitioner at the hospital, says that the Magic Carpet has completely transformed children’s perception of a hospital when they visit King’s.   “Due to...

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Read the full case study here.   Sensory Guru has worked alongside staff at Hazel Court Community Specialist School to design their new Sensory Room, which has been named by learners as The Discovery Room, due to its ability to create an immersive environment where students can discover the wonders of the world around them.   Sensory Guru caught up with Katherine Lewis, a Specialist Communication Teaching Assistant from the...

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[caption id="attachment_20145" align="alignright" width="300"] Children's Hospice Week 2017[/caption] The CEO of Lifelites has drawn attention to the vital role that technology can play in the lives of children who require palliative care.   Speaking to the national charity Together for Short Lives, as part of Children’s Hospice Week, Simone Enefer-Doy said technology “has the potential to remove the barriers put up by a child’s disability or condition and...

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