Before learning any of the signs in the Makaton ‘taster’ session, we were asked to work in pairs to try to see how easy or difficult it would be to communicate with each other without using any words or lip movements. One person had a picture and the other was asked to draw the items that were described. It was surprising how items could be understood without using words.
We were taught about 30 basic signs, which included I, You, Where, What, Hello, House, Car, music and Book. We all had great fun learning these and we were all able to quickly put together a sentence using the few signs that we have been taught.
Ann Marie was a great tutor, making the course informative and enjoyable.
A new year and two new trade shows to visit. For the first time ever I went to BETT and to Toy Fair, starting with BETT. BETT was huge and with the best will in the world we didn’t get to see every stand there. However, what we did see was informative – and strangely reassuring. For example, Interactive Floors that we have sold for some years are now more widely available and we saw several variations of these at the show.
It’s exciting to think that we are already one step ahead by developing the integration of such products with other remote control systems so that we continue to offer fully integrated immersive environments and not just disparate products that don’t work in sync. That’s why we are delighted to be working on making our Snoezelen® environments even more accessible, engaging and interactive using eye gaze technology. It’s also reassuring that our Sensory Magic and CARE systems are also continually evolving – not just in their scope of visuals and sounds, but also in terms of their value, meaning, applications and the measures of these.
The visit to BETT was useful to help us learn what technology is available. It’s also useful as it highlights changes to our marketplace that we’ve noticed increasingly over the last few years. Quite a few software development companies and lighting specialists have appeared over the last few years, which are now marketing themselves as sensory solutions providers. Such companies often have impressive looking stands and glossy brochures, but I wonder how many have a true understanding of our marketplace, and how many have the global experience and proven research behind them to know the real value of a multi-sensory Snoezelen® environment. I think we know the answer to that at ROMPA – I hope our customers do too.
I digress… A short trip across London and we were at the Toy Fair. It was great to catch up with quite a few of our existing customers, as well as meeting new ones. I found at least a dozen products worthy of space in our 2015 catalogues and I’m looking forward to getting samples, testing them out and showing these to colleagues. We’re always looking for new products and it’s great to have found some great ideas already!
It was with great pleasure that I attended the Autism Winter Conference last week!
We transformed a cloak room into a ‘quiet room’ to provide a space for relaxing for people who were attending the conference.
I enjoyed the day out and speaking with a lot of different people who were on the spectrum and finding out their coping mechanisms.
We are soon going to be providing Autism Networks with their own sensory environment very soon and talking to the people at the event it will certainly get some use!
Looking forward to the next show at Kidz in the Middle on the 27th March.
We will be exhibiting at a range of exhibitions this year – make sure you don’t miss us! You can find out where here: http://www.rompa.com/the-rompa-roadshow
|Exhibition||Start Date||End Date||Venue||Location|
|Early Childhood Services – Centres – Barnsley||15/01/2014||15/01/2014||Priory Campus||Barnsley|
|Early Childhood Services – Childminders – Barnsley||22/01/2014||22/01/2014||Priory Campus||Barnsley|
|Autism Networks||12/02/2014||12/02/2014||Crewe FC||Crewe|
|Florence Nightingale Trust||04/03/2014||04/03/2014||Florence Nightingale Trust||London|
|Kidz in The Middle||27/03/2014||27/03/2014||Ricoh Arena||Coventry|
|Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress||02/04/2014||02/04/2014||Murrayfield Stadium||Edinburgh|
|Choice Unlimited||09/04/2014||09/04/2014||Leicester Tigers||Leicester|
|Autism Expo||24/04/2014||24/04/2014||Cardiff Stadium||Cardiff|
|Coventry University||21/05/2014||21/05/2014||Coventry University||Coventry|
|NASEN Live||21/05/2014||22/05/2014||Reebok Arena||Bolton|
|Transition Event||22/05/2014||22/05/2014||Motorcycle museum||Birmingham|
|COT Annual Conference||03/06/2014||05/06/2014||Brighton Centre||Brighton|
|The Autism Show||14/06/2014||15/06/2014||ExCel||London|
|The Autism Show – North||28/06/2014||29/06/2014||Event City||Manchester|
|TES – SEN London||11/10/2014||12/10/2014||Business Design Centre||London|
|Autism Central||14/10/2014||14/10/2014||The Clarendon Suites||Birmingham|
|Care England (ECCA)||03/11/2014||03/11/2014||London|
|9th UK Dementia Congress||10/11/2014||12/11/2014||Hilton Metropole||Brighton|
|The OT Show 2014||26/11/2014||27/11/2014||NEC||Birmingham|
|Kidz Up North||20/11/2014||20/11/2014||Event City||Manchester|