Category Archives: Conferences & Exhibitions

Rompa attend all the major disability trade shows and conferences, we like to share our experiences and talk about the people we meet.

The Autism Show – We’re doing something different this year.

Join Rompa for a unique experience, see Sensory Integration Therapy in action!

Mark Johns

Mark Johns

For the first time in exhibition history a proper clinic setting will be showcased with Sensory Integration Therapy equipment and a sensory room. Parents, teachers and other professionals can gain insight into how this therapy facilitates improvement in sensory processing, development, learning and behaviour.

Experts from Hopscotch and Starjumpz will be giving live demonstrations of the treatment techinques used daily in practice and will give you an understanding of the versatility of the Rompa equipment and sensory rooms. See for yourself why children love Sensory Integration therapy.

Some treatment techniques and equipment can be used in the home and school environments, find out more about how this approach helps children with Autism.

Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition Amsterdam

Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition Amsterdam

Integrated Systems Europe Exhibition Amsterdam

Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher

Rompa visited the integrated systems Europe exhibition in Amsterdam to find new and exciting technologies. Companies large and small attended ISE 2013 to show off their new ideas and to share plans over the coming year.

“WOW, I have never seen so many exciting displays in my life! No, I’m not talking about the red light district… technology has changed so much since ISE 2012! Amazing technology that would once cost the earth is now readily available for us to tap into. We have so many ideas for new products it will keep us busy for the next decade!”

“I was particularly interested in new forms of interaction and improving quality of imaging, audio and user friendliness. In this I found a company which have developed a transparent touch screen TV, this product is innovative in the way it has been developed and is also a wonderful product for room screening and a high level of supervision during interaction.”

We at Rompa want to provide products and rooms with the most up to date tech, and ISE 2013 was a great opportunity to for us to further our product development research. ISE 2013 showed technologies coming into the main stream and corporate markets, and with this we are able to take inspiration and further improve technology within the special needs market.

“Now I am back I will set to work in creating products which are interactive in new ways, that provide greater sensory involvement and which will suite the modern working sensory environment.”

P.S “Travelling on a ferry in 110mph winds is best avoided.”

February Trade Fairs

Nuremburg Toy fair

Nuremburg Toy fair

Kate Hays

Kate Hays

February has been a busy month for visiting trade fairs in the hunt for new product inspiration. My first (but hopefully not last) visit to Nuremburg was wonderful. It was really great to meet up with suppliers who we hadn’t seen for a while as well as being able to put faces to names and voices we’ve known for many years. Products didn’t disappoint either. At the end of walking up and down a dozen or so halls our feet were tired but our heads were buzzing with ideas and new products! Much to our delight, we also found alternative sources for existing products so we are able to maintain sensible prices.

A little closer to home (and thankfully avoiding flights and aborted landings due to scarily strong winds), the Spring Fair in Birmingham yielded more ideas. It never ceases to surprise me how many good ideas come from the least expected sources. A by-chance conversation can bring us seemingly simple but brilliant ideas.

There’s plenty to keep us busy now we’re back in the office and therefore there’ll be plenty of new offerings for the 2014 catalogues – yes, we start work on next year’s catalogue now!

Autism Central, Birmingham

Rompa at Autism Central 2012

Rompa at Autism Central 2012

Dan Casey

Dan Casey

Rompa were at Autism Central on the 16th of October 2012, meeting parents and professionals in the biggest autism conference outside of London.

Business Development team members Dan Casey and Nicci Robinson had a brilliant time meeting lots of interesting people and sharing their knowledge whilst taking some strange requests!

Dan shared his experience of the day with us:

“The day was brilliant, we met so many people with interesting backgrounds and ideas! I feel that these events are a great chance to get in front of people and talk to them about what Rompa is about and how we can help. It is also a great opportunity to meet other forward thinking businesses and share our ideas and develop ways in which we may work together”

A massive hit was the competition to win a bubble tube, we had a great response and have plenty of entrants. We will notify the winner via email. You can catch Rompa at exhibitions throughout the year click here for more details.

Scandinavian Snoezelen conference in Asker, Norway

Asker Norway

Asker Norway

Mike Brooke

Mike Brooke

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.

Asker Norway

Asker Norway

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…