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Welcome

The SMILE room Project (Simulated Multisensory Interactive Learning Environment) is an innovative concept to add a new dimension to multisensory learning in mainstream primary schools and to replace Sensory rooms with a more suited resource for children with SEN in a mainstream setting.

The project has been set up by myself and my wife as a project that anyone can use for free, we are here to offer advice and help for free to anyone who is interested.  I am an industrial designer with many years’ experience working on Sensory rooms and other developments for children with Special Needs and I also have both Dyslexia and Asperger’s Syndrome myself.  My wife has been working with children with SEN for over 15 years and currently works as a SEN TA in a mainstream primary school and specialises in helping children with Autism.  We also have two children both who are on the Autistic Spectrum and one of them also has Dyslexia and ADHD.

The main idea behind the SMILE room is to help ALL children to learn together by stimulating their imagination, inspiring them; capturing their concentration and helping them engage in a creative fun way, using I.C.T to create an interactive environment combined with multisensory approaches.

We have been developing this idea for neally two year now, first we went back to basics and looked at what really works to support children's learning and why, then we researched and developed those ideas further. We have talked to everyone who will listern for advice and ideas and have put everything into this site. Please look through this site to better understand the ideas and what and how we hope to achieve.

The SMILE rooms are intended to replace sensory rooms in mainstream primary schools, while greatly improving the resources offered to children with Special Educational Needs. Helping children with needs like, Dyslexia, Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Attachment, dyspraxia and learning difficulties in ways traditional sensory rooms cannot.

Does all of this sound complicated, scary and very expensive? It’s NOT, using a simple setup of a computer and a projector, the same as in most classrooms, and some imagination (well we can’t make it too easy) any school can access a whole new way of learning.

We want to show that no matter the size of school this idea can be achieved even on smaller budgets. The project has been developed for any school on a budget of just £30-£35 per student, depending on individual requirements. Also a lot of the ideas developed and used in the SMILE room can feed into the classroom, so it is not a standalone resource but an integrated resource for any school.

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SMILE room Project - 27 Cresswell Drive, Hilperton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 7TN
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