“It’s the most natural state that a child’s ever in, when they’re playing. It creates happiness, contentedness, you see relaxation, you see smiles. And it’s also the way they can communicate, it’s the way they can express themselves.” Kathryn, children’s hospice care team
Beamz allows children in children’s hospices to make a sound simply by breaking the beam, using any part of their body. It’s great fun and means that a child with terminal illness or disabilities is able to express themselves and be creative, even making their own music, which they can record and their families can keep.
It can be played on an iPad, Eyegaze or a computer with special mice, so it is accessible for anyone, no matter what their ability. Children with severe disabilities can even operate a Soundbeam using their breathing!
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We are excited to start donating the sensory tent to children's hospices in 2020/21! It's portable, light, and fun. The POD, an instantly inflatable Sensory Tent that comes in a rucksack, offers a safe space for children with all types of special needs. It allows life-limited and disabled children to dive into their own world, be surrounded by seascapes, and listening to stories or music.
One of the technologies we hope to deliver for children using hospice services in 2020/21 is the Tilt Table. This magical technology enables life-limited and disabled children to take part in games, learn, and create something themselves from any angle as it adapts to the children's abilities.
The 10,000 children who currently use hospice services represent only one fifth of the children who require palliative care in the British Isles. These children need our help, so we put our heads together to think of a way to take our magical technology to these children.
Our Interactive Entertainment Hubs are the perfect solution for children in hospices who love gaming, but are unable to use the typical controllers.
For children whose lives are limited by their conditions, the Mobile Magic Carpet brings the outside world in, transporting them into a world of make believe.
Even for children with the most profound disabilities, the Lifelites Eyegaze gives them the chance to communicate and play – just like other children.
We pack our special iPads with a whole host of apps to enable children with disabilities to communicate, play, be creative and have fun.
Our special mice make it possible for children with disabilities to have the rare opportunity to control something for themselves.
Using a Makey Makey to turn anything that conducts electricity into a mouse helps children of all abilities to join in the fun.