What is a sensory gym?
A sensory gym is an area for active play that stimulates all our clients’ senses—sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. It’s a structured environment with sensory equipment that provides proprioceptive and vascular sensory input.
It’s spontaneous, it builds imagination.
It’s driven by intrinsic motivation to help
a child discovers what he or she can do.
It’s always fun.
Our sensory gym offers a variety of options for play. We have a rockwall, ball pit, cubby holes, and a zipline.
Why is sensory play important?
The sensory gym stimulates the senses, enhances other forms of the senses, improves focus, builds social skills, develops motor skills, expands the mind and thinking, and provides an opportunity to calm the client and therapist experience.
Gyms also give children with autism access to the tools they need for sensory regulation in a non-threatening environment. Gyms foster independence, reduce meltdowns, and limit social stress by making kids feel calmer and more focused.
The gym boosts health and fitness, and sensory gyms also increase a child’s social skills and self-esteem.
This sensory gym would not be possible without the generous support from our community.