Cottingley Community Centre was busy on Saturday afternoon (30 September 2017) as they opened their new Sensory Room.
The room is kitted out with various objects to stimulate different senses. There is a panel with various textures, made from carpet tiles; light strings; lights that change colour and shapes; seating; and music. People can use as little or as much as suits them.
One parent said:
“My son has autism and at 15 his hormones are raging. We tried out some of the equipment and he was mesmerised by a light ball. It really helped him calm down, which then makes it easier for deal with other stuff.”
Centre Manager, Christine Robinson, explained the idea for the room had come from issues with children with additional needs struggling to access group activities at the centre, particularly if they had a sibling attending. A grant of £900 from Greggs had allowed then to decorate and fit out the room.
“But I want this room to be used by everyone” Christine continued. “For example, people with dementia might find it useful as touch and smell hold very strong memories.
“We all use sensory aids everyday. Whether it’s a bath with candles after a stressful day at work, or favourite music in the car. I suffer from chronic pain and find a heavy blanket very comforting, it takes my mind off the pain.”
Christine’s daughter Amber, who has autism, cut the ribbon to officially open the facility and then there was a chance for everyone to explore the wonders of the room.
To use the room, contact Christine at Cottingley Community Centre on (0113) 216 7788.