A Fully Inclusive Sensory Walkway That Stimulates All Seven Senses
Providing education for pupils with severe and complex educational needs between the ages of 2 and 19, this Hertfordshire based school were highly motivated to create a fully inclusive and accessible sensory walkway that would benefit every student.
Our playground consultant, Luke Banner, and Product Design Manager, Jonny Arditti, were delighted to work alongside the school to create a sensory play space, adapting existing products to fit this unique space and designing new products to meet all aims of the project.
Auditory and Tactile Stimulation
At the very beginning of the sensory walk around the school buildings, we’ve included 2 of our large wall mounted sensory panels – one featuring dowels and chain and the other yellow and blue Saferturf Surfacing and a mirror in the middle.
As the children move past the panels, they can feel the different textures providing tactile stimulation whilst observing themselves in the mirror and pointing out key features of themselves, or just pull a funny face! This is great for improving their understanding of the world and self-awareness.
The Dowels and Chain provide opportunities for auditory and tactile stimulation as the learners move their hands across the different textures and listen to the links knock together. They’re a wonderful resource for helping pupils self regulate their emotions as they feel more relaxed and distracted from any feelings of stress.
Moving on from the giant sensory panels, the children have eight sensory walk chimes dotted across the brick walk. They make a lovely musical melody as the pupils hit and tap them as they move past!
A Bespoke Canopy To Fit The Space
Due to the size of the space, Jonny had to adapt a Timber Canopy to fit the space. To fit the unique area, we wall plated the canopy to the building and secured it to the brick wall next to the green security fencing.
This huge covered space includes different coloured polycarbonate panels to allow coloured light to dance around as the students awe at the illuminations.
The pupils solve stopping underneath to glance through the panels out onto the school field!
Self-Regulation, Investigation and Experimentation
Finally, we’ve ended the sensory walk by installing a Wall Mounted Ball Run across the length of one of the building walls.
This excellent sensory play resource encourages pupils to regulate their emotions as they repeatedly drop a ball down the holes in the wall and pick it up from the bottom and drop it down again - letting go of anything worrying them and regulating their emotions, too.
The students can work together to problem solve, investigate and experiment as they test new routes and ways the balls can travel down the channel, while working out why some balls reach the bottom quicker than others.
Amwell View students and staff love taking a sensory journey around the building walk way as they interact and observe all of the interesting features the walk way now has on offer!
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