The SMILE Project is for the benefit of children with profound and multiple disabilities as well as those with learning and sensory impairment e.g. ADHD and ASD. Children with these conditions find it difficult or impossible to participate normally in activities of daily living including play. The project will provide a sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation appropriate for the individual child. They will receive ‘hands-on’ 1:1 support to enable participation and promote interaction with the sensory environment.
Many ARCOS clients are children with impaired sensory processing. Some of them benefit from sensory interaction sessions or have done in the past, typically accessed at school. ARCOS is aware of the increased benefit afforded by the development of Snoezelen equipment and assistive technology. There is recognition in the local community of the need for better resources for disabled children.
Sensory interaction rooms such as that proposed in the SMILE project will help meet that need and the lack of a sensory room in the local area is lamented by statutory and voluntary providers as well as families who have disabled children.
See the SMILE page for more information by clicking here.