Cincinnati Center for Autism (CCA) is asking for your support in raising funds to enhance our student sensory gym and calming rooms. Sensory spaces like these help children learn to manage their emotions in a controlled environment outside the classroom. The sensory environments at CCA are dedicated to stimulating the senses, developing regulation, and relaxing the minds of our children who, we believe, ALL have the potential to thrive.
CCA caters to a broad range of children with autism and related disorders, ranging in ages from 2 to 22, and each child reacts to sensory input differently. Sensory processing differences are considered one of the greatest challenges for individuals with autism. Our staff has unique training in strategies to help with the very complex development of sensory modulation. However, for these approaches to be most effective, a broad scope of tools must be utilized.
Our goal is to add new equipment allowing our staff to work more effectively with our students using customized approaches to each child’s individual needs. Items that we are seeking to purchase include therapeutic swings, weighted blankets, play tents, compression body socks, and additional specialized toys.
Therapy swings offer a rich sensory experience that promotes balance, core strengthening, and coordination. Not to mention, swinging is so much fun! We would like to purchase new indoor swings that range in cost from $50 to $500 each.
Weighted materials and enclosed spaces provide calming and comfort when emotions are running high. Weighted blankets and compression body socks provide a consistent deep pressure sensation that can help a child slow down and start over. Play tents, especially when equipped with altered lighting, provide a safe enclosed environment for children to regulate and calm both physically and emotionally. We would benefit from additional compression equipment and environments that range in price from $30 to $100.
And, with any additional funds, we would truly benefit from increasing our inventory of sensory toys that help with calming or energizing students and can promote language growth through cause-and-effect learning. These toys range in price from $10 to $50.
Thank you in advance for your contributions. All funds will go directly to the purchasing of new sensory equipment for our sensory gym and sensory room. We greatly appreciate your support and no contribution is too small.
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