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The Sensory Bus of Oxfordshire England (English)

Written by Trudy van Rijn
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How did it happen?

The Sensory bus was conceived out of a perceived need for a sensory environment for people whose access to sensory rooms, and, indeed, any support of this nature, was limited by travel difficulties and/or rural isolation. It caters for people of all ages with Alzheimer's Disease, children excluded from mainstream school because of emotional and behavioural difficulties, disabled children in mainstream schools and pre-school children whose access to such services is otherwise extremely limited.



It Moves!

For some clients it can be a terrifying experience travelling to the alien environment of a hospital or centre to use their Sensory room. The experience can be equally stressful for the carer.

Because it is mobile, and is fully accessible to wheelchair users, the bus can reach people other sensory schemes cannot.

What's in it?

The bus was fitted out with sensory equipment by the Sensory Company. It has two rooms, a white room and a dark room. The white room contains such attractions as a fibre-optic ceiling, bubble tubes and a DST scanner. These can be operated by touch-switches. The dark room has two UV lights, a starry ceiling and vibrating beanbag. It has to be experienced to be believed!

How does it operate?

The bus will visit special schools, daycare centres and individual homes by arrangement, operating weekly with the client and carer for a period of 12 weeks, after which Playbus can provide support with a Special Needs Toy Library and advice on specialist equipment. As with all our bus activities, this service is completely free of charge.

To go to the website of Oxfordshire Sensory & Playbus: Click Here or on the pictures

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