Paralympic and TV stars deliver early Christmas presents
Disabled youngsters in Swansea, Birmingham and West Lancashire have all benefited from new sensory rooms being installed this December.
Team GB Paralympic javelin thrower, Nathan Stephens, was in Swansea on 5 December to unveil a new sensory room for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties at Crug Glas School. The new sensory room will improve the pupils’ sensory skills, interaction, communication and motivation and therefore enhance their social and learning experiences.
Pupils at West Lancashire Community School in Skelmersdale and Selly Oak Trust School in Birmingham were given a Christmas treat when not only were their new sensory rooms unveiled they were also visited by Santa, who handed out Christmas presents to the pupils at each school. The West Lancashire youngsters were particularly lucky to have TV presenter, actor and comedian Nick Hancock open their sensory room before taking on the role of Santa.
Time spent in a sensory room has been shown to increase spatial awareness, concentration, relaxation and alertness. For young people with autism or severe communication difficulties, the stimulating and soothing properties of these rooms has been shown to calm their behaviour and make them more communicative and responsive.
Multi-sensory rooms feature a relaxing and stimulating variety of sights, sounds and textures which help disabled children to learn in an environment that suits their educational needs. Such rooms can result in dramatic benefit to children with sensory impairment, helping enhance the development of senses such as hearing, sight, smell and touch.
The partnership between BT and The Lord’s Taverners is inspired by BT’s continued support of education and sporting initiatives through its London 2012 programme. In addition to installing sensory rooms, BT staff members will volunteer at The Lord’s Taverners youth sports events and fundraise for the charity.
You can view photos of the presentations on our Facebook page.