Over a relatively short period of time, Multisensory Playsafe have become one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of sensory equipment to a multitude of customers from schools and nurseries to ordinary parents. Founded by John Bush, the company has become renowned throughout the UK for quality bespoke manufacturing as well as many “off the shelf” products. We spoke to John to find out just what makes Multisensory Playsafe tick.
A Multi-Sensory Environment encourages and stimulates the senses supporting interaction, discovery and communication, all enabling an increased awareness of our surroundings. It is particularly vital that when a child does not have use of any one or more of their senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste) they get chance to increase their stimulation of the other senses. Research has shown that as well as being pleasurable for the user, a multi-sensory environment can develop and enhance tactile skills, increase awareness of the surrounding world, help develop communication skills and relationship building and maximise use of residual sight and hearing.
After 10 years in the Special Needs industry John has amassed a wealth of experience and set up Multisensory Playsafe just over 4 years ago to offer a wide range of multisensory solutions, from soft toys and educational aids to fully equipped multisensory rooms and large scale outdoor installations.
John told us “Having already designed and installed over 1,000 soft play areas and multisensory rooms, the Multisensory Playsafe team still love the challenge of making every single installation different. Delivering a bespoke and personal service to individual requirements and creating unique products that were not thought possible is what we thrive on.
No job is too small for us. We can bring dreary rooms to life with colourful coordinated displays, wall and floor padding, tactile features and fun padded furnishings. We create dark rooms, light rooms, quiet rooms or can simply supply you with individual items.
This is what makes us stand out from other sensory suppliers. Each job gets our utmost attention and the same quality of product whether it’s a full sensory room or supplying one sensory product.”
John and the team are constantly looking to improve their service and have a new web site launching towards the end of February 2011 including an online shopping facility. They have recently launched their “Soft Space” environment which doubles up as a safe play or sleeping area and are looking to forge ahead in helping to stimulate children in safe secure environments in 2012 and beyond.
You can contact John and the Multisensory Playsafe team at:
Multisensory Playsafe Ltd., The Cheese Press, Hilditch Lane, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, DY11 7YG
The new Soft Space self contained environment