Par­ents give back

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

SENSORY and calm­ing rooms will be avail­able for pub­lic book­ings from next week, fol­low­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the build­ing at Bate­man ther­apy cen­tre Kids are Kids.

Maria Cross and her hus­band Luke, of Kens­ing­ton, fundraised $180,000 for the Sensory Xplo­ration Hub through their char­ity Think Frag­ile X Foun­da­tion as both their sons have Frag­ile X syn­drome.

Their older son Ethan (5) also has autism and his needs, along with Lo­gan’s (4), can be phys­i­cally de­mand­ing for par­ents.

“We used to live in Wil­son and Ethan came here for early in­ter­ven­tion when he was di­ag­nosed just be­fore his sec­ond birth­day,” Mrs Cross said.

The Foun­da­tion has pre­vi­ously fundraised for a new par­ents’ re­treat, ded­i­cated phys­io­ther­apy area and a re­cep­tion area for fam­i­lies.

Kids are Kids ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lisa Hoff­man said the build­ing was now avail­able for chil­dren re­ceiv­ing ther­apy and fam­i­lies out­side the ser­vice could book the whole build­ing from next week.

The build­ing has two rooms linked by a magic car­pet of pro­jected im­ages sourced from 600 apps.

The rooms in­clude a ball pit, swings, a bub­ble tank, and plenty of op­por­tu­nity for jump­ing and climb­ing.

“Some chil­dren have dif­fi­culty with sensory pro­cess­ing and need more deep pres­sure or spin­ning and would oth­er­wise be fid­get­ing at school and bump­ing into kids and be­ing dis­rup­tive.

“Fam­i­lies can visit here be­fore school and then be ready to con­cen­trate and learn and have pos­i­tive so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.” 461068p

Pic­ture: Jaime Shurmer

Maria Cross with Lo­gan in the new Sensory Xplo­ration Hub.

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