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  1. SpaceKraft Open New Sensory Showrooms

    Staff and pupils from Phoenix School in Bradford were the first to experience SpaceKraft's Sensory Showrooms located at their offices in Shipley, West Yorkshire. The four rooms cover Sensory Show Magic- ideal for creating interactive scenario's, imagine a trip to outer space, an image of a rocket is projected onto a massive screen it's engines emitting blazing fire, the noise all around and smoke drifting through the air.

    A White Room - a place used for relaxation and stimulation, relax on a waterbed whilst soothing sounds and colours are all around you.

    A Softplay room - perfect for special needs users to learn in a safe environment, a world of brightly coloured interactive equipment that gives auditory feedback. The Interactive Image is an exciting projected image system that provides an innovative way to explore cause and effect, have a game of football or a paddle in a stream full of fish.

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  2. An introduction to sensory solutions training session

    Exceptional & Comprehensive training in sensory solutions for all teachers, OTs and parents...

    Some background information for you…

    • 2004 - 2009 statistics indicate an increase in SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties) of 5.1%
    • PMLD (Profound and multiple learning difficulties) rose by 29.7% in the same time frame
    • PMLD is currently increasing by 4-5% per year
    • 45% of premature babies who are 20-25 weeks old have significant learning difficulties and 1 in 20 are visually impaired.

    This is a strong indication that you are increasingly required to teach and care for children and adults around us with complex special needs. Let's not forget, sometimes having a complex special need means that concomitant difficulties can be acquired as well as innate, because disability is always context related. Do you want to find out the latest thinking in these areas and equip yourself with new skills which will bring benefits across your organisation?

    We would like to invite you to join our training session 'An Introduction to Sensory Solutions', delivered by Richard Aird OBE. On Tuesday 21st October 2014 in our sensory showroom at SpaceKraft head office in Shipley, West Yorkshire. This valuable training opportunity will be a comprehensive guide to sensory solutions, which will equip you with essential skills and cover topics such as :

    • What is the impact of disability
    • Why a sensory solution for someone with complex special needs
    • How to establish an interactive multi-sensory environment
    • How to assess, improve and monitor impaired sensory function
    • How to identify and promote effective approaches for communicating
    • What is a contextual profile
    • How to create your own sensory curriculum
    • How to develop 'SMARTER' sensory solutions
    • What is "learning style" and how does it affect sensory solutions...And more!

    There will also be a practical session for everyone to try some of our sensory equipment, and ask any questions you may have.

    This training will be delivered by a key member of our Advisory Board, Richard Aird OBE.

    Richard is one of the UK's most experienced and respected special school head teachers, having managed four schools in the maintained and non-maintained sectors during a headship career spanning three decades. Combined with his expertise in special education, Richard's insight into the need for inter-agency and third sector collaboration is something which local authorities will undoubtedly find of value. Richard's enthusiastic, inspiring and successful approach to SEND has won him many accolades, not least an OBE awarded by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to special education.

    The training is from 10.00am to 3.00pm, at only £35 per person which includes lunch, refreshments, a SpaceKraft goodie bag and a free copy of 'An introduction to sensory solution' written by Richard Aird.

    To enrol, please email us or call +44 (0) 1274 581007.

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  3. SpaceKraft's LED Infinity Tunnel is a finalist of ERA2015

    Fantastic news! SpaceKraft's LED Interactive Infinity Tunnel has been shortlisted as one of the finalists of the Education Resources Awards 2015!

    The SpaceKraft team is proud of this achievement and is committed to continue designing and manufacturing brilliant sensory equipment for special needs in the UK.

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  4. Web site building

    For the next few week our web site will be updating with over 300 new products for you to view. This is a slow process due to about of colour and size option in our range. We will also be reintroducing some old favourites that managed to slip through our fingers when we printed our catalogue last year. If you have any suggestions please let us know.

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  5. How to create a Sensory Room in the Home or Classroom

    How to Create a Sensory Room in the Home or in the Classroom 

    A dedicated sensory room at home or in the classroom can provide a range of different sensory experiences in a comfortable and familiar setting.  In this article we’ll take a look at a customised multi-sensory room that we helped to design and install for one little boy. 

    For more than 25 years, SpaceKraft has created and developed a range of exciting and innovative multi-sensory environments and products across all age ranges, and for users across the spectrum from moderate to profound special needs. These are typically found in a School but the benefits of a Sensory Room don’t need to end when you leave School. We have created a number of Sensory Rooms in the home too. 

    In this article we want to focus on creating an entire sensory room.  A sensory room provides relaxation, fun and play for children and people of all ages with special needs, as well as their families and carers.  It provides a safe and nurturing environment where users can enjoy and benefit from all the leisure, therapeutic and learning facilities. 

    Sensory experiences can be created through projected images, bubble tubes, sound and lighting, tactile objects and a wide range of interactive games that create a magical atmosphere for all. 

    Whether it’s at home or in school, SpaceKraft has got you covered.  Let’s hear Zac’s story.  

    Meet Zak!

    Zac Hall Fibre Optics

    Young Zak Hall has his very own sensory room at home.  He can relax on a waterbed while he listens to calming music and sounds.  He can also be stimulated by a Bubble Tube, Fibre Optics and any number of glow-in-the dark elements.

    Spacekraft worked closely with Zak’s parents to design and transform a room in their home in Cumbria.  We helped them to create a special place for Zak, equipping the room with a range of sensory resources selected specifically for him.

    Meet Zak’s Mum!

    Mags Hall

    Zak’s mum Mags recalls how it all came together:

    “My husband and I knew about SpaceKraft’s catalogue and we’d seen all the equipment on their website,” she says, “but it was through talking with the Occupational Therapist and other parents that we found that just how highly recommended SpaceKraft was. We knew about some of the basic equipment like the Bubble Tube and Fibre Optics, but that was about my limit at the time. But after I got in touch with SpaceKraft and had a chat with them, their team came up with some really lovely ideas.”

    “They asked what sort of things Zak would like. I told them he needs to have some nice soft plinths that he can lie on, because Zak’s got no functional movement at all. I also knew that we wanted to have some Bubble Tubes in there, some mirrors and definitely some Fibre Optics. But at the time, I didn’t really know much more than that.”

    “I needn’t have worried - the SpaceKraft team quickly put our minds at rest. They put some ideas to us and we were just blown away. We just said ‘Yes’ to everything! How could we say no?”

    “They were all really exciting things, and things that would benefit Zak hugely. We told the SpaceKraft team that he loves swimming, that he just loves floating in the water. So they immediately suggested a waterbed which would replicate that floating sensation for him.”

    “And then we said that Zak loves visual things, even though he’s registered blind. So we asked if we could block all the other colours out and have something that was really, really bright. SpaceKraft came up with ultra-violet lighting, so the whole room’s black and then there are all these lovely bright lights right in front of him. So Zak can hold objects that react to UV light right in front of him, in front of his face, which is just perfect. He loves it.”

    “The SpaceKraft team couldn’t have been more helpful. Everything was custom-made and fitted, and the team that came to fit it were all really lovely and didn’t order too many cups of coffee, so that was all good! They provide a really fast and responsive service too. If I ever need to order anything like a lamp, I just call up and they pop one in the post straight away.”

    “Even after everything was installed, they still came out to visit us, just to make sure we were happy with everything, and to see if anything needed to be changed. Their service has been faultless, from start to finish.  SpaceKraft is just such a great company to work with. I wouldn’t swap them for the world and would recommend them to any parents or special needs schools or teachers looking to build a multi-sensory environment.”

    Sensory Room Zac Hall

    Talk to us about your own multi-sensory requirements

    Multi-sensory environments can provide a relaxed atmosphere in comfortable and familiar surroundings.  They can deliver soothing sounds, interesting light effects, even captivating aromas, tactile experiences, massage and vibration, and gentle movement.  They provide wonderful opportunities for stimulation, interaction and engagement.

    At SpaceKraft, our objective is to provide the widest possible range of products to our customers, whatever their needs or requirements.  Some of our products are manufactured by us, while others are diligently sourced from manufacturers around the world.

    With your help, we hope to achieve SpaceKraft’s primary objective: to make using our extensive range of sensory products an interactive, stimulating, enjoyable, rewarding, educational and safe experience.  For all ages and all needs.

    All SpaceKraft equipment has been designed to provide the best possible solutions for parents, carers and teachers.  However, since every user’s needs are different, it is vital to consider the appropriateness of each product to each user.  Feel free to get in touch with us for any advice or guidance as to the suitability of any SpaceKraft product to any particular user.

    As we have seen from Zak’s sensory room, bubble tubes, fibre optics and projectors are just a few of the items that help create an exciting multi-sensory environment, whether it’s at home or in a classroom setting.  We should stress that all of our products should always be used under the supervision of a responsible adult.

    Have you created a dedicated multi-sensory room in your home or school?  We’d love to hear from you about your experiences.  Please get in touch with us!

     

     

     

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  6. SensorySafe

    SensorySafe – The Importance of Safety 

    SpaceKraft is continually striving to develop new products to meet the changing needs of Special Needs users.  To achieve this, safety is of paramount importance.

    For more than 25 years, SpaceKraft has created and developed a range of exciting and innovative multi-sensory environments and products that deliver proven benefits across all age ranges, and for users across the spectrum from moderate to profound Special Needs.

    Safety is Paramount

    At the heart of this design process is the importance of safety.  At SpaceKraft, we pride ourselves on making sure that all Special Needs users benefit from our wide range of products in a safe and engaging environment, while always under the close supervision of a responsible adult.

    Here at SpaceKraft, we are passionate about developing innovative sensory products that provide genuine solutions for users, teachers, parents and carers.  We have not just a legal responsibility, but also a moral responsibility, to ensure that all of our products meet – and wherever possible exceed – the minimum required regulatory standards.

    Ultimately, our objective is to provide the widest possible range of products to our customers, whatever their needs or requirements.  Some of SpaceKraft’s products are manufactured by us at our head office in Shipley, West Yorkshire, whilst others are diligently sourced from manufacturers around the world.  But our responsibility for, and focus on, safety applies equally to those products we manufacture ourselves, as well as those we source from third party suppliers.

    Adherence to safety standards

    All of SpaceKraft’s products are tested to rigorous safety standards.  These include the exacting EN71 Toy Safety standards (parts 1, 2 and 3), in addition to the stringent requirements of the Conformité Européenne (CE or European Conformity) directives.

    While we make every effort to ensure that all SpaceKraft products are safe, we are keen to extend this further by promoting the use of sensory products under our SensorySafe initiative.  In particular, we recommend that all of our products should always be used under the supervision of a professional or responsible adult at all times.

    SpaceKraft’s safety commitments

    SpaceKraft’s commitment to you, our customers, is that:  

    • We guarantee that all products in our catalogues have been rigorously tested and assessed to ensure that they are safe, robust and suitable for the Special Needs market.  
    • We have a system in place to manage product compliance on an ongoing basis to ensure that SpaceKraft’s products will continue to comply with the legislative and regulatory requirements.  
    • We understand that every user of our products has different needs.  What may be suitable for one user, may not necessarily be best suited to another.  
    • Wherever possible, we will always provide information and instruction manuals to you, our customers, in order to give the best possible advice regarding the safe use of our products.

    We need your help too!

    To promote this further, we would ask you to support us by:  

    • Making sure that you understand the specific needs and requirements of each of the children or adults that you are caring for.  
    • Taking into account the vulnerabilities and safety risk factors of each user.  
    • Ensuring that responsible adult supervision is provided at all times while using our products.

    With your help, we will be able to achieve SpaceKraft’s primary objective: to make using our extensive range of sensory products an interactive, stimulating, enjoyable, rewarding, educational – and above all, a safe – experience! 

    Safety guidelines

    In line with SpaceKraft’s continual efforts to improve, we have put together some simple safety guidelines.  The guidelines provide a few helpful hints which are important to remember when using any SpaceKraft product or piece of equipment.

    Our aim is simple: to provide the maximum benefit to all users, as safely and securely as possible.

    All SpaceKraft equipment has been designed to provide the best possible solutions for parents, carers and teachers.  However, since every user’s needs are different, it is vital to consider the appropriateness of each product to each user.

    We recommend that you seek advice and guidance from an appropriate professional if you are in any doubt as to the suitability of any SpaceKraft product to any particular user.

    It is also very important to read and fully understand all information and instruction manuals that are provided with each piece of equipment supplied by SpaceKraft.  If you have mislaid any of these documents or information, please contact us and we will be happy to provide replacements.

    Bubble Tubes, Fibre Optics and Projectors are just a few of the items that help create an exciting multi-sensory environment.  However, again, it is important to stress that they should always be used under the supervision of a professional and responsible adult.

    Don’t forget to check all products regularly

    If you look after and maintain your SpaceKraft products and equipment correctly, they should provide you with years of reliable service.  But you should always take basic precautions such as visually checking every product and piece of equipment prior to each use.

    If you do experience any problems with a SpaceKraft product or piece of equipment, do not take it apart or attempt to repair it.  Instead, get in touch with SpaceKraft for further guidance.

    It goes without saying that users should never be left alone and unsupervised with any piece of SpaceKraft equipment.  In addition, only use a piece of equipment for as long as is appropriate for each user.

    Before cleaning a SpaceKraft electrical product, please ensure that the product is unplugged from the electrical outlet.  Never remove the plug from the socket by pulling the cord.

    SpaceKraft is continually striving to develop new products to meet the changing needs of Special Needs users.  This can only be done when safety is of paramount importance.

    Learning and development can only be achieved in a calm, reassuring and above all, safe environment.  So please always follow the simple tips outlined above to get the most from every item of equipment purchased from SpaceKraft.

     

     

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  7. New training programme dates for July 2014

    SpaceKraft announces new training programme dates for July 2014 Spacekraft will be holding 3 training events in the Spacekraft showrooms in the Yorkshire head office.

    Tuesday 1st July - Richard Aird OBE - An introduction to Sensory Solutions; A personalised approach for working with children and adults who have complex special needs.

    Wednesday 2nd July - Paul Rogerson - Get hands and feet on with Khoros - The Interactive Musical Instrument. For more information and how to book your place at these or other events contact christie.spiteri@spacekraft.co.uk.

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  8. Guest Blog from Julie Collins, Spacekraft

    A Day with SpaceKraft Engineers... From Scotland to Gateshead!

    So continuing with the 'out of this world' theme that's just what our customer in Scotland said last week! The Head and teaching staff are so pleased with the SpaceKraft Sensory Environment that they're not sure when they will let the children use it... they want to keep it for the staff! A job well done!

    Last week we had 6 Engineers out and about across Scotland and the North East completing planned Sensory Installations as well as equipment maintenance and service. A normal, busy week in the life of SpaceKraft Engineers.

    Sensory Environment Installation - so what do we do?

    Our Engineers arrive on site and check over the room ensuring that it's ready for installation and necessary electrical work has been completed in accordance with the agreed drawings. We then carefully off-load the SpaceKraft equipment from interactive electronic products through to bubble tubes, fibre optics and soft play padding…. Then the hard work starts.

    Following the agreed 3D drawings the Engineers place and install the equipment, ensuring all construction and electrical standards are met, meet Paul and Chris here in Scotland!

    Once the room is completely installed we then independently check and test every element of equipment before completing a full awareness/induction session with the relevant teaching staff.

    The environment is transformed with an interactive bubble tube, fibre optics, vibrating platform, infinity tunnel with switches, full immersive LED lighting with sound activation and a unique mark making element with a 'lumiglo' panel as well as softplay padding and flooring…!

    Maintenance and Service - so what does this cover?

    All SpaceKraft equipment comes with a 12 month warranty and in addition we offer CoverCare for extended warranty up to 3 years with annual maintenance visits.

    Meet Christian and Gary, SpaceKraft Engineers completing service visits in Gateshead and South Shields.

    Although there will be an identified problem for the visit all equipment is checked and tested to ensure that it's in good working order. As SpaceKraft Sensory Solutions can last a very long time we can very often be repairing or maintaining 3rd generation equipment so it's important our Engineers have a very good understanding of all SpaceKraft equipment. Some of the equipment here is well over 10 years old and still going strong..!

    Two more very happy customers and another job well done!

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