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New sensory Pod at The Children and Family Centre

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23rd September 2013 at 10:23AM 1 Comments 
New sensory Pod at The Children and Family Centre

The Children and Family Centre in Hazel Grove are proud to announce that we have received funding for a new sensory pod!
We are a small children’s play centre, funded by Children in Need and the Big Lottery, that works with children aged 0 to 10 years old who have learning disabilities or additional needs and their families. We offer a range of groups including Pre-school toddler groups, Singing and signing, After school clubs, Explore and play and Saturday groups.
Sensory play can be particularly beneficial for children with autism and learning disabilities, as it allows them to explore their senses in a way that is safe and fun. For children with autism in particular, the senses can often become overloaded, causing trauma and upset for the child.
Due to the small size of our children’s centre we are unable to have a dedicated sensory room like many other services, so being able to create a sensory environment has been quite difficult until now. However, generous funding was given to us by The Percy Bilton charity, who specialise in making grants to organisations who assist ‘disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people’ (www.percybiltoncharity.org.uk). The money that the Percy Bilton charity have given us has allowed us to purchase a mobile sensory pod.
This means that we can now create a sensory area or temporary sensory room within our play sessions. This can be used by the children as a chill out area or as a place to explore the sights, sounds and smells produced by the sensory pod.
We have had the sensory pod for a few weeks now and all the children love it, the parents are also big fans! The children love that they can control the colours of the lights by using the child friendly remote control, and I think the parents enjoy the relaxing music and soothing bubbles!
We are looking forward to including the sensory pod into more of our sessions in the future.
If you would like any information about our groups and sensory play for your child then please contact us on 0161 482 2536 or sjarvis@independentoptions.org.uk


Re: New sensory Pod at The Children and Family Cen
26th September 2013 at 12:18AM
Congratulations, very worthy cause.
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