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In partnership with KidsOut, the Paskin Children's Trust is providing 3 sensory rooms per year to special schools, particularly those specialising in autism, and hospices.

Wednesday 26th January 2014

Phyzzpod is an innovative sensory learning experience for schools and hospices.  In partnership with KidsOut, the Paskin Children’s Trust will provide three sensory rooms per year to these schools and hospices.

In hospices, the Phyzzpod is designed to support children who may be severely disabled, deaf, blind or not; further, if the child is suffering pain, the interaction can help to take the child’s mind off the pain for a short while and bring a smile. In schools, the sensory rooms support learning, especially for children who find it difficult to learn in traditional classrooms.

Last year the PCT helped support Phyzzpod installations at two schoos.

Phyzzpod is making a real difference to the learning of disadvantaged children. One Headteacher said

“Phyzzpod has developed their language skills and their confidence to talk. It has given fun and happiness to children every day.”


So far, Phyzzpods have been installed in schools in Rotherham and Bedford. Grange Academy in Bedford is the centre of excellence for autism in the county and caters for children between 5 and 16 with moderate to severe learning difficulties. Dalton Listerdale Primary School in Rotherham is a community school supporting children with special needs.

phyzzpod, disadvantaged children, pct A young girl experiencing Phyzzpod

Two new Phyzzpods are due to be installed this year with the support of KidsOut. These are

-New Struan school in Alloa, run in conjunction with Scottish Autism, a specialist residential and day school for young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

-Round Oak School in Warwickshire with over 150 young people from 11 to 19, all of whom have special needs. Difficulties range from moderate to severe learning difficulties, autism, profound and multiple difficulties and associated complex needs.

phyzzpod, disadvantaged children, pct

“Phyzzpod has developed their language skills and their confidence to talk. It has given fun and happiness to children every day.”

We are also planning to support Noah’s Ark Hospice - an expanding children's hospice service serving an estimated 900 life-limited or life-threatened children or young people and their families living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

Noah’s Ark currently supports families through a range of outreach services but has recently acquired land to enable them to build a hospice and expand the services that they can provide.  The PCT is working with them to ensure that specialised sensory equipment is included in their plans from the outset.

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