Guest Blog – Emily from PAN reviews more products!

Emily Brailsford

 

Hi its me again.  I’ve had the chance to play with some more products from Rompa and Winslow.

 

The first couple of products were the ‘Soothersack‘ and the ‘huggabuddies cat‘. I loved the cat and so did my son.  Not only does is it quite heavy so it provides pressure, the soft fur is also a nice sensory experience.

 

The Soothersack is your standard pillow which you warm in the microwave and then can place on certain parts of your body to relieve aches and pains or across a child’s knees again to help ground them. Essential oils can be added to the pillow to help with relaxation. The ‘huggabuddies’ cat was a lot better for me as I sat with it snuggled on my shoulder with the heat going where I wanted it too whereas the pillow, as I’m sure many of you know, loses its filling to either end of the pillow so there was no heat on the top of my shoulder where I wanted it.

These two pieces of kit are nice to help your child but also nice to have around for when you might (if miracles occur) get 10 minutes relaxation to yourself!

3stars

I would give them both 3 stars.

Tangle Therapy

Tangle Therapy

Another product which I looked at was the ‘Tangle Therapy’ toy. Again, a product which I’m sure many of you will have come across.  I particularly liked this version as it was a bit larger than others I have seen.  It is not recommended for children under 3 as the pieces can be separated and potentially swallowed, but with older children I have found they enjoy taking the tangle toys to pieces as it provides a nice clicking noise!  Some of the sections also had a clear rubber coating with small raised bobbles.  I did wonder if these would get picked off over time though.

4 Stars

 

 

On the whole I felt this deserved 4 stars

5 Reasons You Should Buy a Snoezelen® Sensory Corner Kit

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Since their launch last year our Sensory Corner Kits  have been extremely popular. If you are interested in trying sensory here are 5 reasons why should try our Sensory Corner Kits!

#1 It’s everything you need to start your Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Environment…

Designed with the customer in mind, the Sensory Corner Kits bring together the most popular sensory products to provide you with a perfect introduction to Snoezelen®. It’s also suitable for any age or ability as the colours are neutral.

We even have 2 options to work with different budgets and preference.

The Original Snoezelen® Bubble Tube Sensory Corner Kit or the Snoezelen® Deluxe Bubble Tube Sensory Corner Kit

#2 In the bedroom, the spare room, the classroom, anywhere you can find a corner…

The space saving design uses a corner of any room meaning that you can provide the effects Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Environment in a relatively small space. Perfect for bedrooms, spare spaces, classrooms and more.

#3 Easy to order with a massive £500 saving…

We wanted to make it easy to start a Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory environment. There are so many options available to you that in the past it could have felt like too much effort. We’ve selected the most popular components of sensory rooms put them under 1 easy to order product code and on top of that made it £500 more economical.

Check them out now: The Original Snoezelen® Bubble Tube Sensory Corner Kit or the Snoezelen® Deluxe Bubble Tube Sensory Corner Kit

#4 Easy to install without the need of professional help…

Providing you with products that take very little skill to set up makes it easier and less expensive for you to get up and running with little fuss.

#5 Rompa® quality that you can trust…

Rompa® have been providing Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory products for over 30 years. We’ve been established this long because our products have been built to last. Whilst there are seemingly similar options available on the market take a look at the reviews from our customers why you should choose Rompa®:

5 stars

Amazing

This product is amazing! Although it may be on the high side for price but it’s well worth it! Very strong and beautifully made! If you want all of this equipment it’s worth buying this sensory corner for a great affect.

Jade H – Verified buyer

5 stars

Excellent Product!

I bought this bubble tube for my son’s bedroom. The bubble tube is stunning, very bright lights and plenty of bubbles. Installation was quick and easy.

Kirsty R – Verified Buyer (reviewing the 2m Bubble Tube).

Interested in finding out more about Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Environments? Take a look at: https://www.rompa.com/interactive-sensory-room or contact us now to find out more

Developmental Play – Impacting Children Across The World

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The Deepti Centre family 2015

Occupational Therapists Caroline Clay and Caroline Essame report on the latest news from The Deepti Centre in Kerala, India and the launch of the new training centre that’s impacting thousands of children in rural India.

 

The Deepti Centre is a special school and rehabilitation centre for children and young adults based in rural Kerala, South India. In 2010 we set out from different continents (Caroline Essame from Singapore and Caroline Clay from the UK) to support the development of The Deepti Centre in any way that we could. In fact we didn’t realise how deeply involved we would get. In our first few years there we formed relationships with the children the staff and the parents and found that we shared the passion and drive to provide the very best service for the local community.

 

Good relationships are the foundation that makes the biggest impact in the world, and it’s who you work with and who you partner with that build sustainable change. So we are very grateful to Rompa for their encouragement and support for our children and families at The Deepti Centre.

 So we are very grateful to Rompa for their encouragement and support for our children and families at The Deepti Centre.

At the time of our first visit to the centre there were under 30 children attending daily and our work was mainly directly with the children and drew on our experiences in Art Therapy, Creative Arts, Sensory Processing, Occupational Therapy and seating and posture.

In October 2016 there were 150 children attending daily and a growing curriculum of arts, crafts, drama, role play and sensory work to promote learning through play. The recent addition of a sports teacher and band leader has seen our children win competitions in regional events for a variety of sports and music. Though the band consists of mainly drums and bugles and is more rhythmic than tuneful, there’s no doubt that the immense fun is in the taking part and gives a real sense of belonging.

 

Dr Susan Mathew, the director of The Deepti Centre encouraged us to train more teachers across the region as this would have a greater impact on children in different schools. This was a step up for both us and all the staff at the centre, and several events have been endorsed by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI).

watch a video about tactile sensory play:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xgZQzW5BxI&feature=youtu.be

In October 2016 we trained 50 special needs teachers and local Occupational Therapists in a new course “Developmental Play “ another 30 teachers and parents  from Deepti special school also attended gaining the certificate in Developmental Play. The course was so successful that we have decided to offer it in the UK aswell.

 

In January 2017 Caroline Essame and Dr Suvi Pitkola undertook a 2 day conference on the “Development of play and social skills in children with ASD” this time to an audience of 100 attendees.

 

 

Play matters. It’s the language of childhood. It’s the way that children make sense of their world. Play is also the process through which children learn about how their bodies work and how they can use them to have an impact on the world, whether that is through splashing in the bath or waving at someone who waves back. It’s about cause and effect, exploration and identity.

 

Our Developmental Play  course has been designed by Occupational, Play and Creative Arts Therapists with both educational, health and social service backgrounds and brings ideas and expertise to the field of play therapy and play based learning.  It specifically focuses on the stages that children go through to develop through play, so it has particular relevance for people who work with clients with special needs or very young children.

 

It is relationship-centred and based on contemporary research and practice, including:

  • Attachment theory and playful creative relationships
  • Neuro-dramatic play and neuro-linguistics
  • Creative arts education and play based learning
  • Eco-play, nature play and play in the outdoors
  • Sensory processing and bodywork

 

This June will see the launch of the UK training in Newcastle for level 1 of this 3 level certificate course introducing Developmental Play theory and practice.

By the end of the course participants will be able to understand and identify developmental play stages and apply developmental play practice to their work situation.

 

Each level has a three-day training workshop as well as online content, training and resources. Students undergo practical assignments and at the end of level 3, in order to qualify as the advanced practitioner, there is a written assignment to be submitted online. There is also an opportunity to study level 2 and 3 in India in October 2017 and work alongside the course coordinators in their special education practice at the Deepti Special School, so not only will you get to learn about play but also how to adapt it for children with special needs cross culturally.

 

On completion of all levels participants are accredited play practitioners and can register with CREATECATT’s Play Practitioners database.

 

For more information about the upcoming course in June 15th – 17th Newcastle or for details of training in India please contact either of the Caroline’s at :

 

info@createcatt.com

www.createcatt.com

www.facebook.com/createplaymoveandlearn

www.deepticentre.com

 

Caroline Essame and Caroline Clay

 

Caroline Essame and Caroline Clay travel to India every year to work with children at The Deepti Centre in Kerala, India on a voluntary basis. Their unique style of training crosses language barriers bringing creative fun to learning. They aim to impact thousands of children by supporting educators and therapists across the world.

Guest Blog: Emily Brailsford of Parenting Additional Needs Reviews talks about Transition

Emily BrailsfordI should probably introduce myself, I am a married stay at home mother of three (2 boys and a girl) the oldest who has ADHD, Autism and epilepsy.

The guys and girls at ROMPA have asked me to have look at some of the products which they think might help my son as he’s going through a bit of a transitional period at the moment.  Not only is he choosing his GCSE’s but hormones are setting in too (he’ll love me for saying that!)

 

So I looked at a few products, some good, some not as good, but on the whole ……Good

Coping With Stress

The first product was the ‘Coping with stress’ card game.  I hate games.  I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than play a card game with my son (other mums of ADHD kids will no doubt understand) but this game was different.

Its more of a talking game.  It says for ages 6-12 and 2-4 players but I think it would have benefits for older children and young adults too depending on their level of understanding.

There were 4 types of card:- reducing stress, learning to relax, self talk and finally visualisation cards.  There was also a 12 sided die with body parts listed on it to use with some of the cards and help with relaxation.

This game could even be used in the car as there aren’t loads of pieces to go missing

5 stars

It is definitely worth the money and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars!

 

Another product which I looked at was the Theraputty.  I liked the look of this because Theraputtywhen my son has fidget toys in class, they need to be silent so not as to distract the other children.  The Theraputty is like a very firm Plasticine  which is also scented.

Now when I say firm ,I mean firm!  We tried four different putties each with varying firmness and a different aroma.  The tan Theraputty was supposed to be the softest but CRIKEY it was hard to manipulate!  My son is 13 and 5 ft 7 and he struggled.  On a positive note though, the scent was nice and it didn’t linger on our hands after playing with the putty.  Also the putty stayed together so I wasn’t picking it out of school uniform for days to come!  In my opinion it is better suited for hand injury rehabilitation, which I think is was the original idea behind this product.

3stars

 

 

I would give the Theraputty 3 out of 5 stars.

 

 

Science Zone Sensory Room a Success!

At Rompa® we have provided Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory equipment to a variety of places. When we were approached by Neil at the Science Zone in Bournemouth we were excited to be a part of a different experience.

The Science Zone is a new exciting science adventure for children, sponsored by Science Dome UK, based in the centre of the historic Royal Arcade in Boscombe, Bournemouth. It offers visitors access to science ‘zones’, where each zone has a variety of activities and features that will both stimulate and inspire children to learn more about the world around them.  From life-size dinosaurs, planetarium shows, musical bubble columns to digging for fossils and explosive experiments, every visitor, both large and small, will be entertained as well as educated. Also as the only registered telescope distributor in Bournemouth, there are state-of-the art Visionary telescopes and binoculars on offer for star and planet gazing as well as marine observing. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something that’s educational as well as fun for your child. There’s something there for everyone!

We recently caught up with Neil Carrington the founder of Science Zone UK to find out more about this brilliant project:

Rompa: Hi Neil, thank you for your time today and for choosing Rompa to help you with this project. Could I ask…Why did you choose to have a sensory room?

NC: We have already a large connection with schools and they were asking for a interactive physical activity rather than a visual dome experience. We also wanted to help SEN school needs 

Rompa: What difference has it made to the Science Dome?

NC: We have been operating for 10 years as a planetarium and science traveling resource to schools. The sensory room and OptiMusic equipment has allowed us to offer a permanent science service called the Science Zone – with different areas or zones of interactive nature and a planetarium – see Facebook Science Zone UK 

Rompa: What made you choose Rompa for the project?

NC: We have been purchasing equipment from Rompa for years – from a planet themed parachute to soft seating for our planetarium- so know good quality 

Rompa: Has the Sensory Room allowed more people to visit the sensory dome? 

NC: Yes – previous service was only portable travelling school service- the sensory room is open to public and toddler groups -previously not covered. Hundreds of the public have been experiencing science and sensory areas this year. We had 400 people for our opening day!

If you want to find out more about the Science Zone and Science Dome visit:

REHACARE in Duesseldorf

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Rompa will be at the REHACARE Exhibition in Duesseldorf next week. Running from 28th September to 1st October REHACARE is the leading international trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion and care.

If you want to talk to us about becoming an international Snoezelen Multi-Sensory distributor be sure to come and see us in Hall 3, stand D48 or contact danc@rompa.com for more information.

Rompa Pop Up Sensory Room at Chesterfield FC

SPIREITES’ POP-UP SENSORY ROOM A HUGE SUCCESS

The use of a pop-up sensory room provided by Rompa at the Proact Stadium for Chesterfield’s game against Northampton Town at the weekend has been hailed as a huge success.

A number of youngsters who are affected by autism, together with their families, were invited to use the room as guests of the club.

The initiative was organised by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust in partnership with Accessible Derbyshire, a charity with the aim of improving the lives of disabled people, their families, friends and carers living in or visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District.

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Accessible Derbyshire co-founder Gillian Scotford said: “It was so easy to arrange with the help of such a supportive club like Chesterfield FC. TM Accounting Services kindly provided the space and we invited families affected by autism. We also arranged for Rompa, the specialist sensory equipment company, to set up the equipment for the day.

“We never dreamed it would be such a success! All the families came along, all of them stayed and all of them enjoyed the day. For many it was their first experience of a match and it was smiles all around.

“The children were fascinated by the bubble tubes, interactive lights, sensory toys, ear defenders and sensory aromas. It was a very ‘safe and comforting’ environment. Knowing you are amongst others who understand makes the whole experience more relaxing. We have already had emails asking us to let them know about the next event!”

Ray Watts, who attended the match with his six-year-old son Jake, said: “It gave families with autism a priceless gift – the chance to experience something as a whole family in a safe and autism-friendly environment.

“A simple trip to the supermarket can be daunting for a person with autism, so to be able to enjoy a football match was absolutely amazing. I cannot thank Chesterfield Football Club enough for supporting this venture. It is a true testament to the club’s determination to make football accessible for everyone.”

Dawn Cook and her son Lewis also took up the invitation to use the sensory room. She said: ”This was the first time that Lewis, who’s 19, has ever been to a football match. Normally the noise alone would make seeing a game impossible for us but Lewis watched the entire 90 minutes and really enjoyed it thanks to the quieter environment.”

If you are a football club or a venue that would like to speak to us about becoming more accessible please feel free to get in touch – 01246 211 777 or by contacting danc@rompa.com

Rompa Provide 3 Sensory Rooms at Notts County Football Club

 

Notts County have opened three sensory rooms at Meadow Lane, becoming the first EFL club to provide specialist facilities for those who experience anxiety in stadium environments.

 

In a ceremony which also saw the club sign the Autism Alliance charter, the rooms were officially opened ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two match against Grimsby Town by Notts head groundsman Trevor Hutchinson and his daughter Tyler, who has complex learning difficulties.

 

Hutchinson said: “It was quite emotional to be honest. To see Tyler react the way she did, and how much she joined in and enjoyed it, was brilliant. I think that was down to all the cameras – she’s quite a poser when it comes to having her picture taken!

 

“Even after that she remained very calm, which proves the rooms do what they say on the tin.

 

“It was a great day and I’m really proud of what we’ve managed to achieve.”

 

The club launched the project after seeking advice from a number of specialists including Autism East Midlands, Rompa, the Shippey campaign and Indigo to ensure the rooms would fully meet the needs of those with complex learning difficulties.

 

Rompa, a leading organisation in sensory equipment and multi-sensory environments, developed the rooms, which are located in the executive boxes of the Haydn Green Stand.

 

Dan Casey, marketing manager at Rompa, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Notts, the oldest Football League club in the world, are on board and we hope this will show other clubs it can be done.

 

“We’ve provided three sensory areas to make the club accessible to people with complex learning difficulties, including autism. It’s such a great thing.”

 

The idea was first floated by Debbie Austin, who visited the club earlier this year in her role as specialist awareness trainer at Autism East Midlands.

 

Six months later, her suggestion has come to fruition – bigger and better than she ever envisaged.

 

She said: “Typically it would perhaps be one area or room, but here at Notts County there is an array of rooms – not only for people with sensory issues, but a room for parents as well.

 

“I am a woman on the autism spectrum, so I know myself that noise and crowded spaces can be overwhelming. People with this type of condition, who would otherwise have stayed away, can now be a part of the game.

 

“It feels extremely supportive. I think it’s wonderful.”

 

Apply for free tickets

 

To celebrate the launch, Notts are offering complimentary access to their sensory rooms for their next four Sky Bet League Two home matches:

Saturday 24 September: Leyton Orient

 

Saturday 1 October: Morecambe

 

Saturday 15 October: Crewe Alexandra

 

There will be an opportunity for sensory room users to make a charitable donation at each match.

 

To apply for complimentary tickets, please email beverley.markland@nottscountyfc.co.uk. Recipients will be selected at random from those who apply.

 

Future ticketing process

 

From the Luton Town match (Saturday 29 October) onwards, each sensory room can be hired for £40. The maximum capacity for each room is eight people, with a ratio of one sensory room user to a maximum of two parents/carers.

 

The rooms will be available to book in-person at the Meadow Lane ticket office or by calling 0115 955 7210.

 

Each room in detail

 

The rooms cater for differing needs:

 

The Rompa Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Room

 

The Snoezelen® Multi-Sensory Room provides resources to calm people using light, sound, smell and touch while giving a fantastic view of the game. The room boasts a bubble tube in a padded base, fibre-optics, eight-colour controller, milky way fibre-optic carpet, laser sky projector, aroma diffuser as well as vibrating pillows to provide a relaxing environment to enjoy the match in.

 

The Rompa Multi-Sensory Room 2

 

This room provides simple resources to engage those who may find the main sensory room distracting. It boasts hand-held products to hold, squeeze and manipulate as well as a calming space projector which features a slow-moving lava lamp-like projection, a spotlight and mirror ball. There is also an aroma-diffuser which can be changed for different users.

 

The Rompa Sensory Integration Room

 

This room is for the more active and those with sensory processing disorders. It includes spinning, rocking, bouncing and balance as well weighted and compression vests to help those who can be calmed with this type of sensory input. It also has a range of hand-held tactile products to touch and explore, including hard, soft, aroma, smooth and vibration. Each viewing area also provides ear defenders for people who are sensitive to sounds (such as sudden cheers).

 

Information for parents/carers

 

– Parents/carers remain responsible for sensory room users at all times

 

– The parents’ room can be used by the parents/carers provided at least one parent/carer remains in the sensory room with the user at all times

 

– The sensory suite is manned by volunteers who are there to provide support to the users, but who are unable to provide dedicated caring support. Parents and carers must therefore retain full supervision of their sensory room user at all times

 

– Notts County intend to review their sensory room ticketing policy after three months as part of their commitment to ensuring the rooms are accessible as possible to those who need them. The club therefore invite supporters to send their feedback to beverley.markland@nottscountyfc.co.uk

 

– All parents/carers will be asked to complete a profile form on arrival, which will enable the club to gain an understanding of users’ needs. Please note – personal data will be shared with staff and sensory suite volunteers but will not be used for any other purpose

-If you would like to find out more about how Rompa can help your club please contact danc@rompa.com or call 01246 211 777

Rompa Gains Coveted ISO9001 Accreditation

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We are very pleased to announce that after months of hard work to prepare our quality manuals Rompa has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, all our policies and procedures which we have had in place for a number of years were extensively audited and found to comply with the standards required.

As a customer this means that you can have confidence that the Rompa work to the highest quality as reviewed by the International Organisation of Standardization (ISO). It also demonstrates our desire to continually improve our business.  This sought after accreditation also opens doors for Rompa to do business with organisations who stipulate ISO 9001 as a necessity, which has been proved by our recent success by being accepted on to NHS framework agreement.

Part of our requirement under ISO9001:2008 is that we continually improve our way of working and we are proud of this great achievement and ongoing commitment Rompa as always will be passing on the quality that this accreditation demands to you!

Perianne Walters Reviews The Rompa Maxi Bubble Tube

Perianne

In this review of the ROMPA Maxi Bubble Tube we will explore everything about what I think is the best and most reliable bubble tube you can buy.

I will start off with a bit of back-story, when our son was first diagnosed with autism my husband and I agreed that he would need a sensory room, I myself am autistic, so I already knew what an autistic child’s sensory needs would be.

Long before we bought this excellent ROMPA bubble tube, one of the first things we bought for our son’s sensory room was a cheap bubble tube (I apologise, I cannot disclose the name of the seller or manufacturer of said bubble tube due to legal threats against us). We built up our sensory room around the cheap bubble tube assuming it was a quality item. After four months the cheap bubble tube started to leak! It had ruined about half of the special needs toys and equipment we had saved up for years for. Both my son and I had multiple meltdowns over weeks while my husband tried to obtain a refund and compensation while helping us deal with our meltdowns, eventually after around three months of much discordance and obtaining legal information from solicitors, the aforementioned seller and manufacturer paid out. I could write a book with the amount of excuses and lies they gave my husband during this time, but I wont go into that here as I want to move on to ROMPA’s amazing bubble tube and service.

My husband and I agreed that if we were to get another bubble tube, we would have to go for a quality retailer and manufacturer. We already knew a lot about ROMPA and had always wanted ROMPA equipment in our child’s sensory room, we thought things were a bit expensive at first, but trust me, you get what you pay for! We put the money that was refunded to us and saved up for months and finally bought the ROMPA maxi bubble tube, we went for the 2 metre one, because why not? We saved a lot of money by filling in the VAT relief form when going through the checkout, which your child is valid for if they are disabled, if you need more information on this, click here. There are also charities that may be able to help you afford this sort of thing for your disabled child, such as the Newlife charity.

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When the bubble tube arrived it was already set up, no messing about with tubes and ties, it just came in one piece. We just put it in place, filled it with water, put the lid on, and turned it on, simple, just the way it should be.

This thing is tall, our son loves it, he hugs it every night watching the bubbles, plastic fish and cubes during his sensory time before bed.

The bubbles are nice and big and there are millions of them, when they start, the plastic fish and cubes bob up and down through the bubble tube weaving in and out of the bubbles. You can get the fish from here and the cubes from here.

It has a nice low pitched hum sound when its turned on, our son likes to mimic the sound.

The colours are very vivid and bright, perfect for children with special needs to help visual processing and colour recognition.

Speaking of colours, the bubble tube changes to many different colours, but we didn’t realise we could interact with it until I read more about ROMPA’s WIFI switches, we saved up for one and bought it (this one) but recently have upgraded to this one. We also got this cool talking WIFI cube here which also changes the colour of the bubble tube. the switches work with all our WIFI enabled ROMPA equipment. You can read our review of the ROMPA Deluxe 8 Colour Wirefree Controller here.

When the WIFI switch arrived it just worked, no setup, we literally opened the box, pressed a button, and the bubble tube changed colour! You don’t need any computer experience, it just works, here is a video we took of the different colours and the bubbles stopping and starting using the WIFI switch:

We have had the ROMPA maxi bubble tube for about 18 months now and its been perfect. No faults, no leaks, no problems, just what you’d expect from the makers of equipment for people with special needs.

We empty it once every 4 months to add fresher water, and in between that window of time we keep the water clean using BCB, which you can also get from ROMPA here.

Its really easy to empty too, just attach the drainage pipe that comes with the bubble tube, put the other end of the pipe in the sink, and turn the valve ….. that’s it!

If you have the money, I highly recommend this bubble tube. Our son has been so happy with his ROMPA equipment, as long as ROMPA keep pumping out quality equipment and keep up their fantastic customer service, I’ll keep buying.

If you want to buy it, click HERE.

We are not affiliated with ROMPA, we are just very happy customers – find out more about Perianne and her experience of using sensory products at http://specialneedsandsensoryplayideas.com/ or join her Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/300929950082444/.

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