Thanks to Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity, Lister Hospital were able to fund a Rhino Sensory Voyager, a piece of machinery that projects coloured images into ceilings and walls, plays sensory music and has fibre optic lights, water bubbles and hand held sensory toys, helping to distract and entertain children treated at the hospital.
The Play Specialist used the Sensory Voyager in their daily play sessions with a 5 month old child, who was born 3 months premature with significantly delayed development. In each session, the voyager's projector lit up the room with moving colourful shapes and the music system created a soothing and calm environment in which to play. With the projector creating moving shapes on the ceiling, the child was able to move her head to focus, which was excellent for her development and progress.
The little girl was able to hold the fibre optics in her hand, moving them up towards her face and back again – this was a new experience for her because until then, tubes and tape on her face had been the only sensation she knew. These play sessions were fun and engaging for her − she regularly smiled and giggled throughout. Both her mum and dad used the voyager regularly during her stay and both commented on the difference it made to their child's time in hospital.