The Cincinnati Center for Autism and our Parent Teacher Organization is embarking on a fundraising campaign to create outdoor and indoor Sensory PlaySpaces for our kids.
Why Sensory PlaySpaces?
Our kids have difficulties receiving, processing and responding to sensory information. This leads to an increase in anxiety, inappropriate behaviors, difficulty learning and impaired relationships with others. They need a way to get appropriate tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive input, burn off energy and stress, and have fun with their peers.
Sensory PlaySpaces would enable us to set up a therapeutic environment that supports balanced regulation of all the senses. Our occupational therapists will utilize therapeutic equipment to encourage interactive sensorimotor engagement. By addressing sensorimotor difficulties, our kids will develop the skills necessary to independent self-care, academic learning, sports and recreation and vocational success.
What equipment and how much will it cost?
The Sensory PlaySpaces are still in the planning stages. We want to work with the students at CCA to design these spaces.
However, we have priced outdoor equipment that will allow climbing, sliding, bouncing, balancing, playing music, swinging, and spinning at around $50,000 (to be installed by volunteers).
Indoor equipment including multiple swings, calming lights, places to cocoon, climbing features, safety mats, and jumping and rocking equipment will cost around $30,000 (with volunteer installation).
That’s $80K! So far we have raised $15,000 towards the cost of the outdoor equipment (thanks to a grant from KaBOOM!/Dr Pepper Snapple Group) and we are working to raise the rest. Can you help? Click here to donate.