Testimonials - A Sense of Calm, Sensory Relaxation to combat stress and anxiety

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The Caring Times, including a quote from Professor Graham Stokes of BUPA.

The Mail on Sunday Health Section

"I've recommended that our care homes purchase A Sense of Calm for both staff and residents to use."
Dr. Graham Stokes, Director of Dementia Care, BUPA Care Services.
"I have been utilising (the DVD) within one our units on the main wall mounted telly and it has gone down a treat.... I would like all the Managers to be aware of this and be able to purchase it."
Caroline Baker, Dementia Services Director, Four Seasons Health Care.
“My son was immediately engaged by the DVD. The calming atmosphere made him more inclined to tell me what he was seeing – ‘bubbles’, ‘red’, ‘yellow’, ‘shiny’, etc. A great product – a useful tool for promoting relaxation around stressful situations.”
NAS member, Watford  
(from a review in Communication - the magazine of The National Autistic Society)
Our Senior Managers trialled “A sense of Calm” on pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties, including two classes for children with severe Autism. The feedback from our staff was extremely positive. They found the DVD not only engaged the attention of pupils, it also calmed those who were over active and in a state of agitation. They also commented how much they liked the quality of the visuals, the speed and flow of the graphics as a sensory aid and the soothing nature of the music. We think the DVD will be a useful aid for both teachers and parents in helping to calm children who have become hyperactive, anxious, frustrated, or attention deficient.  
Lyn Dance, Headteacher, The Milestone School.

“My class team wanted to tell you how effective this DVD has been in class with our pupils. We have a class of seven very profoundly disabled young pupils between the ages of 11 and 14 and we play your DVD at the end of every school day as part of our Reflection time. Without fail, each day, as the DVD begins to play every pupil stills and listens intently to the DVD; those who have vision also watch the plasma screen and are mesmerised by the patterns. I can honestly say that we send the pupils (and staff!) home every day relaxed and chilled due to this wonderfully calming and therapeutic DVD." Annette Fidderman, The Milestone School, Gloucester.

Castle View
Nursing Home
"Initially we trialled the DVD in the Dementia wing, then progressed to the general Nursing wing. As a result of the wonderful calming effect the DVD has, we decided to purchase a mobile sensory unit, promoting the use of the DVD throughout all the wings of the home."
Annie Bairstow Matron RN RMN MW. Castle View Nursing Home, Peel.

"A Sense of Calm is a very valuable calming tool for certain pupils in my class. It certainly has helped with behavioural and emotional difficulties that some of our young people experience.
I would certainly recommend this for that purpose."
Stanmore House School, Lanarkshire, Scotland
“The DVD creates the atmosphere of the sensory room in the classroom, which is perfect for this time of day when the children need to calm after being out at play.”
Adele Devine, an experienced Special Needs Teacher and Managing Director of SEN Assist Ltd.
“He often struggles with the frustration of being unable to communicate and also with hallucinations. This leads to him becoming very angry and shouting for long periods. Now, we simply play the dvd for 15 minutes and we find this is enough to soothe Dad's mind and calm him before his tea or before the nurses do his personal care. I do not know what we would do without it”. Louise Hewish, Family Carer.
Mum & Author
“Thank goodness for @asenseofcalm DVD, Tom was becoming very distressed at home and the DVD has indeed chilled him out. Thank you.”
Tweeted by J. M. Worgan, Mum & Author of 'Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool Years’ & others.
Peel Clothworkers' School
“I have been very impressed with the DVD and we use it regularly in the Unit, both as a calming measure for individual children and also as background calm if things are rather excitable.”
Pauline Killey, Special Needs Unit Manager, Peel Clothworkers' Primary School.
The DVD continues to be of great help, although may be suffering from overuse! A great asset, thank you.
Clare Morris - Living with Dementia Consultancy
"Thank you for letting me have a copy of your "A Sense Of Calm" DVD: it was very helpful. My daughter has an unbalanced translocation of chromosomes, causing severe learning difficulties and early onset dementia, which leave her often confused and agitated. Your DVD proved very effective in calming her and giving her the opportunity to enjoy and engage with an involving and immersive visual stimulus. It helped her to relax and it helped me to take some of the stress out of her day. ”
Vicky Thompson-Carr, Essex
“I purchased a dvd a few weeks ago and have found it invaluable. It is in use almost every day, sometimes twice a day, for my sister-in-law, who has dementia.” Sue Wymer, Family Carer.
Maria tweeted - "Listening to @asenseofcalm DVD as I sleep... only thing that relieves uni related stress!" -
Maria St. Ledger, BSc Psychology/MSc Organisational Psychology graduate.

"I recently gave this DVD to my father who had suffered from a stroke. A side effect of treatment medication was broken sleep and erratic tense spasm movements.” “Not only does my father find the DVD relaxing at these times but my mother found it helps her. As a carer there is little time to relax and the DVD has given her a sense of calm when she has popped it on for short periods during the daytime.”
S.Dawe - Southport

"Our Psychology team have used the earlier version in relaxation sessions very successfully. Our Occupational Therapist is now trialling the version you sent us with different classes and residential homes" -
Anna McPherson - Prior’s Court School
“My autistic daughter was home this weekend and the dvd was a great hit with her.  I think she was feeling unwell [she is non verbal and sometimes you have to guess what's wrong] and wanted to stay in bed and was getting very fretful.  She watched the dvd in full and even asked for it to be repeated. Thank you. Now I'm going to watch it for myself to calm me down.  Many thanks for making such a great help for us carers.”
Anonymous, London
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