The Outdoor Sensory Area has been designed and built as a labour of love, with donations of time, resources, labour, commitment, dedication and creativity from the people we support, their families and friends, the greater community, and our own staff and stakeholders.

The overall design incorporates stimulation of all the senses, and provides activities and experiences for engagement, sensory exploration, relaxation, texture and tactile experimentation, and the development of fine-motor skills and cause-and-effect tasks, for all of the people we support. The long-term vision for the Outdoor Sensory Area is to consistently keep adapting and adding to it, and to make it available to people in the community who would enjoy it, and benefit from visiting.

People with sensory processing disorders tend to have extreme reactions to sensory stimulation, in that they are either stimulated too much or too little. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as autism, brain injury, and premature birth, to name a few. As a result, the individual will often have subsequent developmental issues. Sensory areas can be very therapeutic for people who suffer from sensory processing challenges and disorders. Many of the people who receive support from Qualtime experience these sensory processing challenges.

The aims of our Outdoor Sensory Area:

  1. to be used as a calming place and a gentle way to stimulate the senses;
  2. to become a place where children and adults with autism and other sensory processing disorders feel safe and comfortable in exploring their senses without feeling overwhelmed by them;
  3. to provide various types of stimulus, incorporating all of the senses, depending on the person’s needs;
  4. to provide a relaxing environment for people who are hyper-reactive to stimuli;
  5. to stimulate the senses for people who tend to be under-reactive to stimuli;
  6. for people who do not have a disability, our Outdoor Sensory Area is beneficial in that it is a fun, educational tool that allows them to explore and learn about their senses and nature. While in the Outdoor Sensory Area,they are encouraged to touch, smell, taste, and generally interact with the environment around them;
  7. for people with dementia, sensory areas can help to provide a calming influence, and maintain the person’s interest, and our Outdoor Sensory Area will also help to keep all of one’s senses aroused.

 

Contact us if you wish to use our facilities at a minimal cost.  Clients have to be supervised by their support workers and/or carers whilst in the facility.

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