MSCF grant ben­e­fits Bene­dic­tine

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— A re­cent grant award from the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion is mak­ing a dif fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties at the Bene­dic­tine School.

This past fall, MSCF awarded $8,756 from the Frances Stevens Fund to Bene­dic­tine Pro­grams and Ser­vices to pur­chase equip­ment for the Multi-Sen­sory En­vi­ron­ment Cen­ter. A group of MSCF lead­ers re­cently toured the cam­pus in Ridgely and were among the first visi­tors to see the newly de­signed cen­ter.

The Multi-Sen­sory En­vi­ron­ment Cen­ter was cre­ated for Bene­dic­tine stu­dents who ex­pe­ri­ence sen­sory pro­cess­ing dis­or­ders. SPD oc­curs when sen­sory sig­nals are not de­tected or are not or­ga­nized into ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponses by the brain. A per­son with SPD has dif­fi­culty pro­cess­ing and act­ing on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived through the senses. This presents chal­lenges in per­form­ing ev­ery­day tasks and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers.

The MSCF funds were used to buy and in­stall new ther­a­peu­tic equip­ment, such as in­ter­ac­tive fiber op­tics, an il­lu­mi­nated mar­ble panel, an in­ter­ac­tive power cube, a Star Gazer and aroma dif­fuser. MSCF members who took the tour were ex­cited to learn about the new cen­ter and equip­ment from Lori Ben­nett, clin­i­cal co­or­di­na­tor of Bene­dic­tine Re­lated Ser­vices.

“The ad­di­tion of the new Multi Sen­sory En­vi­ron­ment greatly en­hances our sen­sory-based in­ter­ven­tions for our stu­dents with sen­sory pro­cess­ing dis­or­ders here at Bene­dic­tine,” Ben­nett said. “This sen­sory room was de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tom Mar­shall of South­paw Inc. Es­sen­tial items were added through the ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eros­ity of the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. We can’t thank that foun­da­tion enough for the ways our stu­dents at Bene­dic­tine will ben­e­fit from the use of this safe, in­ter­ac­tive and calm­ing set­ting.”

Buck Dun­can, MSCF pres­i­dent, said he was de­lighted to see the funds be­ing put to good use.

“I am happy to sup­port Bene­dic­tine’s mis­sion on be­half of the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion,” Dun­can said. “At MSCF, we know what a great ser­vice Bene­dic­tine pro­vides to the MidShore. The care they of­fer to peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties is top notch, and has been for a long time.”

Pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to live mean­ing­ful, pro­duc­tive lives in com­mu­ni­ties of choice, Bene­dic­tine helps chil­dren and adults with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties reach their great­est po­ten­tial with­out re­gard to race, re­li­gion, color, na­tional ori­gin or age.

CONTRIBUTED PHO­TOS

From left are Theresa Rainey, Bene­dic­tine oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist; Cle­ment “Clem” Hath­away, mem­ber of the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Board of Di­rec­tors from Caro­line County; Rob­bin Hill, MSCF chief pro­gram of­fi­cer; Terry Mead, Caro­line Foun­da­tion...

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