Simon Brown, Head teacher at Victoria said "As a school we were very fortunate to have a wonderful new pool which opened in September 2013. The pool itself is amazing but the changing rooms were clinical in appearance with everything painted white. Some of our students have enjoyed visits to the SEA LIFE Centre in Weymouth and so when Merlin’s Magic Wand suggested a SEA LIFE theme for the changing rooms we were very keen! This project has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an incredible multi-sensory changing area, and their smiles really show us all that Merlin’s Magic Wand really have brought the magic to the children."
This is particularly important for students with severe learning difficulties who may react nervously to a sudden shift in their environment. for students with severe autism, for example, This is an important transitional area which allows then to gradually adjust to their new environment and to prepare themselves psychologically. - ‘This new technology helps the students to anticipate the activity ahead. We use ‘objects of reference’ around school to prepare our students for activities and the interactive sounds, lights and visuals, which Merlin’s Magic Wand have put in place, to prepare the students for their sensory swimming experience.’ Gemma Milne, Lead Occupational Therapist for Education at Victoria Education Centre.