Nurture Room

The Nurture Room is a very low demand environment where students from all key stages can access a variety of different activities during timetabled sessions.

Activities range from craft, water play, games etc. to watching a DVD, having a chat or just sitting quietly.

We have a quiet room where students can sit and look at the bubble tube, or play with the sound and light ladder, with staff on hand to join in games or just sit and listen.

The Nurture Room has a number of purposes, we can help take students through the stages of play to aid their social interaction skills; enabling them to become more independent by helping them to make their own choices and decisions and allowing them time to reflect. We are entirely student led, so everyday is amazing!

At the end of each session students are encouraged to indicate how the session has been for them, there are a number of ways this can be done depending on preference and ability.  All sessions are observed by staff, using the traffic light system and  A.B.  P.I.E.S. (Attendance and Behaviour, as well as Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Social) wellbeing are monitored.  Observations are recorded for review every half term, data collated is incorporated into the Annual Review information.

The Magic Carpet is an interactive floor projection system, images are projected onto a mat, as students move onto or over the area the images move. There are over 50 different apps, each of these can be personalised to suit the student’s needs and personal preference.

Initial research was to find out whether a particular diagnosis appeared to benefit more than others from using The Magic Carpet, although this was inconclusive, we did find a clear divide between girls and boys.  Feedback from teachers then led us to our current research which is to ascertain whether using The Magic Carpet can have a positive and calming effect on student’s behaviour. Research is being focussed on 4 students, who are gradually working through personalised apps.