A mother in Belfast, United Kingdom helped raise funds for a newly built sensory room for kids with autism in the primary school attended by her son. She said this was her way to show gratitude to the staff for being sensitive to the needs of her son who has autism.
The room built in the Belvoir Park Public School was possible with the help of Allison Breadon. Teachers have called this room filled with all kinds of sensory toys and equipment, many of which were provided by the Education Authority, as ‘The Den’. It is a fully equipped sensory room for kids with autism and other special needs who struggle with anxiety to calm their nerves.
Breadon’s son Corey, now aged 12, has already graduated to a secondary school. However, she says the teachers at his primary school were always very sensitive to his special needs. As a way of thanking them, and giving back to the community, she approached them with the idea of creating the sensory room.
She believes that on the days when Corey was too anxious to attend classes, the presence of such a room would have helped him. She hopes it would be useful for kids with behavioural issues including those with autism, ADHD as well as others who have general anxiety issues.