We are back at it and working hard to get the gym open! The rock wall is in, zip line is up and climbing structure is secured. Final steps are to go through the City inspections and make sure that we are up to code.
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To provide a supportive space to embrace individual needs and to build self esteem in children through family and community centered sensory play.
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Foundation Sensory Gym, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity benefiting the more than sixteen-thousand children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities in the Inland Empire.
Our community is in desperate need of a sensory gym to bridge the widening gap between the limited services currently provided for children with developmental disabilities and what is actually necessary for their continued development, especially for those affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) effects how the brain receives and responds to information received by the senses. Children with SPD may be oversensitive to their environment: common sounds may be overwhelming or painful; the light touch of a shirt may chafe the skin. Diffculties with sensory processing are commonly seen in children with developmental disorders, such as Autism. Children with SPD often struggle with handling change, and may frequently throw tantrums of have meltdowns. They may have difficulty concentrating in school or even playing with friends on a playground.
Treatment for SPD (called Sensory Integration) includes creating a fun, playful environment where children can learn to respond approrpiately and function more normally when confronted with sensory input. In addition, sensory integration can be used to help calm and organize the senses of children who are struggling with SPD, allowing them to concentrate, learn, and even sleep.
According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) this year, presenting a 30% increase since 2012. With the number of children diagnosed with developmental disorders growing each year, the need for a Sensory Gym in our community continues to increase.
The gym will provide the tools and appropriate sensory play activities that children with developmental disabilities and Sensory Processing Disorder require in order to increase their functional abilities, gain necessary social skills and maximize their potential contributions to society throughout their lifetime.