"I cannot begin to describe the difference I saw in my son when he began using the room."

Posted by / Thursday 25 August 2016 / Events

With support from The ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation, we've opened a new sensory room at our Merryfields centre for children with special needs in High Wycombe.

Sensory rooms provide a safe haven for children with special needs who struggle with everyday situations. They also support other children with complex needs by stimulating their senses via equipment such as fibre optic lights, bubble tubes, projected moving images and a range of similar toys. The rooms also have soft seating and space where children can lie, or sit supported.


Children’s services worker at the project, Helen Ilic, said: “We are tremendously grateful to The ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation for their generosity.

“The new sensory room is already making a massive difference to our children; allowing them to control their environment, develop new skills, communicate and build their confidence.

“All of our children now also have a beautiful new ball pool and soft play area to explore where they can feel safe, learn and have fun. For our wheelchair users, these areas allow them freedom of movement and to stretch their bodies and muscles.”


One of the mums whose son is already using the room said: “Being a mum of a child with special needs is challenging and can be very lonely, especially when it comes to finding places that are welcoming and accommodating. My son has Autistic Spectrum Disorder and has many sensory needs, which can’t be met in the ‘normal’ world.

“We are so fortunate Action for Children has invited us in to use the sensory room. I cannot begin to describe the difference I saw in my son when he began using the room: he becomes a different child; calmer, more focused and engaged - he especially liked the different lights and all the things he could touch and feel.”

Merryfields provides short breaks for 46 children with learning difficulties and a range of other complex disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and Down’s Syndrome. Around half of the centre’s children are also wheelchair users.

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