2019 Sensory Room
In March of 2018, the Autism Group started with a vision to create a new “sensory room” that would create positive outcomes for the individuals we serve. Fundraising started with a penny wars game to determine who would be sitting in the dunk tank for our 2018 picnic. In addition, the global online giving holiday “Giving Tuesday”, helped to bring in over $12,000 for the new room. Add in a few smaller fundraisers and the group was able to push towards their initial goal of $15,000.
The vision was to have an interactive room, a cut above other typical sensory spaces, that appeals to many senses: sight, touch, sound, smell, balance, and proprioception to name a few. The room is everything the team envisioned it be!
Sensory Rooms can help 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.
BENEFITS OF A SENSORY ROOM:
– Improved focus
– Develop or activate senses
– Encourage socialization
– Promote cognitive development
– Promote mental and physical relaxation
Thank you to all of you who supported our sensory room initiative and helped to make this dream a reality. We are incredibly proud of the staff that spent their time, energy and personal resources to bring this new service to St. Coletta of Wisconsin.
If you have not seen the sensory room or are interested in a tour, contact Becky Weber, Associate Director of Stewardship and Communications at #920-674-8240.