Northgate Primary School Sensory Room & SEN Department Fundraiser
Help us provide a safe space for our Neurodiverse children.
The human brain is designed to regulate how we react to sensory inputs — everything we hear, see, smell, taste, and touch. This link between the brain and our behaviour is called sensory integration. For most children, this is an unconscious part of the daily experience. But for a child with a developmental disorder, such as autism or a sensory processing disorder, the way the brain processes these experiences can be a source of distress and discomfort.
In some cases, the brain may overreact to sensory stimuli. Other times, it may not react enough. A person’s sensory experiences go beyond the basic five senses and can negatively affect deeper sensory responses.
One increasingly popular method of treating and overcoming sensory problems is the use of a sensory room. These “safe” spaces are designed to provide room for children with a sensory processing disorder to decompress and confront a variety of sensory issues in a way that will help them to cope with sensory experiences.
Sensory rooms are pivotal components in helping children with disabilities experience the pleasure of play, find comfort, and improve their sensory processing skills.
A sensory room is a space of any size, designed to help a child with sensory processing disorder develop coping skills and regulate their brain’s response to stimuli.
These safe spaces have been in use since the 1970s, but now that one in 44 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which typically affects sensory integration, the need for them is greater than ever.
Northgate Primary School are looking to fundraise £10,000 to build a brand new, fully functioning sensory room for our amazing children. We are also looking to raise a further £10,000 to help purchase additional provisions and resources that are much needed for the school’s SEN Department.
Thank you for your support, kindness, and generosity.