Staff, governors, pupils and parents at The Cedars Primary School in Cranford, Hounslow, are celebrating after attending the opening of the school’s first dedicated sensory room.
The special school, which has 61 pupils aged 4-11, will use the room to create positive learning environments for children with a range of social, emotional and mental health needs.
The room was installed by sensory specialists Experia and was opened at a ceremony attended by staff, governors, pupils and parents where children were able to have fun trying out the equipment for the first time.
Emily Bush, a teacher at the school said:
“Having our own sensory room will make a big difference. The equipment and sensory environment helps to keep the children calm and enables them to focus, ready for learning. We have a large number of children with autism, both verbal and non-verbal, and the room gives them a really important tactile experience by experiencing things like the vibrations through the bubble tubes.
“I am really over the moon with the sensory room and the kids love it as well. They’ve called it the Rainbow Room because of the coloured lights and because we were learning about colours when it was installed.”
The sensory room will initially be used by the Acorn class. After Christmas the Rainbow Room will be used by other children across the school that may need it. The room includes a bubble tube, soft play area, an infinity tunnel, sound equaliser and musical touch wall and can be used to benefit children with a range of therapeutic conditions.
Staff from Experia installed the room in under three hours and provided a range of training to teachers and teaching assistants on how best to use each piece of equipment.
Gareth Jones, founder of Experia, said:
“I am pleased that we were able to provide and install this sensory room which I know will bring a lot of happiness to everyone that uses it. It always amazes me what a difference having access to sensory equipment can make and it was fantastic to see everyone enjoying the equipment at the open day.”
Experia has been at the forefront of the sensory industry for more than ten years. The company designs, manufactures and installs sensory equipment, creating products to assist those with sensory development.
For more information about the school visit: www.cedars.hounslow.sch.uk