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Rocking Chair for Autistic & Sensory Overloads

by Denise @DEMAND in Kempston, England, United Kingdom

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Your support will provide sensory sanctuary for students with autism. Grange Academy, need four chairs to help their students.

by Denise @DEMAND in Kempston, England, United Kingdom

The charity DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability was founded in 1980 and has been designing and making life-enhancing equipment for children and adults with disabilities for nearly 40 years.

Their products are usually unique to one person, but every now and then they come up with something to help many more. The Sensory Shell Chair is one of them.

Grange Academy is a community special academy for pupils aged 5-18 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs, including moderate learning difficulties and autism.

They recognised that DEMAND’s unique shell chair could make an invaluable contribution to the educational needs of the students and now need help and support to raise money for four chairs.

Each chair is built to accommodate the needs of children and teenagers with autism and other sensory processing disorders using a fabric hood to restrict light and sound input. The chair provides a safe place that students can learn to go when the stresses of the day simply get too much, meaning the children can recharge, collect themselves and better cope with sensory overload.

Your support will provide sensory sanctuary for students with autism. Grange Academy, need a chair for each of their classrooms so they are easily accessible by students who need to use a chair quickly.

DEMAND’s first Sensory Shell Chair, co-developed with staff and students at The Collett School in Hemel Hempstead and funded by Warner Bros., is proving a huge success in helping their students with autism to develop methods for self-calming in stressful moments.. 

The Children’s Occupational Therapist, at the Collett School told us, “By reducing the sensory input, light and noise, the chair has a calming effect on the children. The chair is a place they can learn to go if they feel anxious”

The Sensory Shell Chair’s hood helps both children and adults with sensory processing disorders such as autism to make sense of their world by limiting environmental stimuli. The chair can be rocked by the occupant, or by someone else using the rear handle.  

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