I have just come back from the bi annual Scandinavian Snoezelen conference in Asker Norway. Rompa were asked to attend the event by our Norwegian partners Klubben. The conference was a great success with nearly 200 attendees most whom came to our stand. We enjoyed lectures from as far a field as Beit Issie Shapiro based in Israel who talked about the positive impact that a Snoezelen environment can have for special needs children in a dentist. There was a lot of excitement around the imminent release of Sensory Magic with several people asking if Rompa could go back to both Norway and Sweden to demonstrate this truly interactive solution.
On a personnel note it was an interesting trip for me having never been to Norway before. I was impressed by the enthusiasm for the Snoezelen environment, future technologies and their incredible grasp of the English language. English truly is the second language and from the bus driver, to the hotel staff and the clients I met they were all happy and comfortable speaking our language.
The trip was not without its eventful moments though; I caught the Torp express from the airport to Asker. I was informed that this would drop me at the train station in Asker where I would meet our friends from Klubben. This did not prove to be the case as the bus dropped me on the outskirts of town. I was informed that this was as far as the bus went into Asker and I was to make the rest of my way on foot! So off I went with bag in tow through an underpass and unbelievably into the woods not speaking a word of the language or able to read the signs. Luckily it turned out to be a short walk into town and I soon found the train station.
There was also the moment when over dinner when through tears of laughter I was informed what Rompa meant Norwegian. It explains why the customs official gave my work emblazoned top such a funny look. I shall leave you to figure out the translation…
At Rompa we focus on the individual using the product, rather than the disorder being treated. So when our customers gave us feedback on one of our core product lines, the Rompa Bubble Tube, we listened. We took this popular product back to the drawing board, the end result is an easier to maintain and more robust bubble tube, here’s why:
Easier filling and draining
- The new valve is accessed from the outside of the chassis so the cover does not have to be removed. A drainage pipe can be removed and stored separately.
- Drainage pipe pushes in and is removed by pressing the grey button. The drainage valve automatically closes once the drainage pipe is removed.
- A filling pump is available from Rompa that connects to the drainage valve and the bubble tube power supply for easy filling – immerge the orange part of the pump in a bucket for easy filling from the bottom. This means the tube’s power is disconnected from the base to be used to power the pump. This is especially helpful for taller bubble tubes and bubble tubes in Canopies. We believe we are the only sensory provider who offers this.
Slimmer base: reduced from 15 to 11cm high approximately
- Allows more room in a cushioned platform (for light sources etc).
- Better stability.
- Reduction in weight: 2.8kg (5kg before).
Simpler, safer chassis
- The metal chasis has been replaced by an a robust, lighter weight plastic chassis.
- The removal of the metal has allowed the base to be slimmer. The chassis is now more rigid because of the undulations in the plastic.
- The electronics are fully encased by a plastic box with in the chasis– should water be accidentally tipped into the chassis, the electronics are protected.
Improvements to remote control (removal of the USB port)
- Control of colours comes from the easy to use 8 Colour Wirefree Controller (sold separately). Therefore no programming is required.
- With only two sockets of completely different sizes and shape (power and switch box connections), it is impossible to connect the switch box to the wrong socket.
- Compatible with all Rompa Wi Fi products.
Even brighter LEDs
- These are now even brighter than before and but still last hundreds of thousands of hours so no bulbs to change. LEDs are also cool-running, very energy efficient and give lots of options for colour control with Wi Fi controllers.
Bubble Tubes are truly multi-sensory product and connect with the user at a visual, tactile and auditory level. Their calming, relaxing and mesmerising qualities make them an essential part of any multi sensory environment.
Rompa Catalogue 2012
It’s been good to be British this summer what with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour De France and the successful hosting of the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. In honour of these events we’ve gone with a suitably patriotic cover for the new Rompa catalogue, click the picture to order yours today.
Inside you’ll find a great range of carefully selected products for the treatment of a wide range of sensory disorders. From autism and learning disabilities to dementia, we have products to improve the qualitiy of life of those you care for.
You can also Click Here to browse online catalogue or download the PDF version.