Federal Member for Stirling provides funding for new sensory room for Identitywa Children’s House
In June 2016, the Federal Member for Stirling, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, committed $10,000 to Identitywa’s Nollamara’s Children’s House to create a sensory room to be used by the children accessing services there.
The room is now finished and the Minister had the opportunity to see how the equipment will benefit the children when he officially opened it on Wednesday 5 April, 2017.
Staff and children gathered for a special afternoon tea hosted at the house to thank Minister Keenan for his support and celebrate the new addition.
Identitywa Occupational Therapist, Amanda Wong, showed the Minister how the room has been specially designed to increase sensory stimulation, enabling the children to interact in a gentle and relaxing way.
“The sensory room provides a new and different setting to spend time, encouraging activity and allowing the children the opportunity to explore their environment,” said Amanda.
“It also gives an important opportunity to further develop social skills such as interaction and awareness of others. It is a welcome addition to the resources we utilise in our work with the children.”
Chief Executive Officer, Marina Re, said Identitywa is very grateful for the support from the Federal Government.
“We are confident that the sensory room will become a favourite space for many of the children who spend time within the home,” said Marina.
The Sensory Room features:
- A Bubble Tube which offers visual, audible and tactile stimulation through the gentle vibrations caused by the internal pump.
- A projector which projects simple changing shapes of colour and gentle pattern reflected off the walls and ceiling, creating both a mesmerising and calming effect.
- A water bed which adapts to body shape giving warmth, comfort.
- The opportunity for aromatherapy sessions.
Identitywa Media contact: Michelle Ebbs
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