Last Thursday Helen and I caught the train down to London to set up the Learning Resources stand for the TES Special Educational Needs Show 2014 in Islington. I have attended shows recently, but this one was the one I was looking forward to experiencing, as I worked as a Special Needs Learning Support Assistant prior to joining the Learning Resources team.
We arrived around lunchtime and set up the stands ready for the start of the show. We had two stands at the show, one dedicated to fine motor skills, and another larger stand with products we have identified as having SEND applications.
Some of the key products we exhibited were the Design & Drill® Socket to Me™ set, various Hot Dots® products including the new BrainBox® Let’s Learn! Starter Set and our range of fun Answer Buzzers; great products for teaching children with additional needs. The new Recordable Answer Buzzers were particularly popular as there are so many possible activities they can be used for.
Also popular was our dedicated area of Playfoam®! Playfoam offers completely mess-free creative play and it non-toxic, so play is completely safe. It promotes sensory perception and fine motor skill development for young learners from 3+. Playfoam does not stick to hands, clothes or carpets and can be used time and time again as it doesn’t dry out!
Playfoam has been awared the Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award and the Play Matters Good Toy Guide Award and continues to be one of our best selling products. Visitors to the Playfoam pod were amazed that their hands were completely clean after playing with the Playfoam on display!
The TES Special Educational Needs Show is the UK’s largest special educational needs show and provides the perfect platform for businesses to meet thousands of special needs professionals representing hundreds of schools across the UK. People visiting the show can enter for free, and roam around meeting retailers and suppliers of SEN resources, other special needs professionals, and various charities that offer support to those with additional needs.
Until next time…