Families and Babies want to commission a specialist firm to design and install the sensory room. The FAB Charity is aiming to have the new room open by September 2017, and will then continue to raise money to allow for even more equipment to be brought in over time.
The room pictured is a generous sized space to turn into a sensory room.
WHAT IS A SENSORY ROOM?
A Sensory Room, is a specially designed room which combines a range of stimuli to help babies and children develop and engage their senses. These can include lights, colours, sounds, sensory soft play objects, aromas all within a safe environment that allows the child using it to explore and interact without risk.
The picture shows what we hope it will look like once finished
Sensory Rooms can help all babies and children, especially those who have learning difficulties, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments learn to interact with the world around them, but in a safe environment that builds up their confidence and their ability. The baby or child gets an unrestrained non-threatening space where they can explore at their own leisure. This freedom lets their parent or carer see what calms them, rouses them and what they like or don’t. baby and child using sensory room
BENEFITS OF A SENSORY ROOM
There are a whole host of benefits of a sensory room for those who require them, some of these include:
- Sensory Stimulation – by encouraging the baby or child to engage and explore the environment then it can have positive effects on their ability to react and interact with the larger world around them
- Enhance Learning and Play – following on from this, sensory stimulation can engage different areas of the brain, helping babies and children absorb and retain more information and better meeting the needs of the individual
- Improve Balance, Movement and Spatial Orientation - Sensory rooms can help develop babies and childrens’ visual processing abilities as well as their fine and gross motor skills, facilitating day-to-day living.
- Tackle Problems With Behaviour - Sensory environments can be highly absorbing, providing a moment of comfort and calm for overactive and distressed children, and helping inactive children to feel better engaged.
WITHIN THE BOLTON AREA
The FAB building is within the heart of a hugely populated, residential community which has high levels of social deprivation. There are a vast amount of families with babies and children who would benefit from having a sensory room which will be accessible and available 7 days a week.
To make it possible we need your help
To ensure that all our babies and children can access this wonderful room so we also need to raise funds to have a stair lift and disabled toilet fitted within the building