Wednesday, June 1, 2011
JUNE CARDS FOR A CAUSE
The Autism Project of Southern Ohio is and will continue to fill the area’s needs when it comes to serving those who are autistic. Recently the group awarded two $2,000 grants to establish Sensory rooms in area schools.
According to Wendy Potts, Autism Project Of Southern Ohio President, Sensory rooms help children with autism develop and further expand their cognitive stills.
The group installed its first Sensory room at Waverly Preschool.
The two most recent Sensory rooms established are at the Carousel Center and the Shawnee State University Dr. Miller & Genevieve Toombs Children's Learning Center.
"Sensory rooms are where kids with autism and anyone with a sensory processing disorder can get sensory input or get into a calm area to bring themselves back together," Potts said.
She explained this is a big project for the group to take on but it is not impossible. She said it's something that makes sense.
"By watching each one of them (autistic children) they are all different. Maybe the lights bother them or maybe there is too much noise. Each one is unique and each one needs different things," Potts said. "The sensory rooms will give us a better understanding and it will allow us to help them learn to cope with life as they get older."
This is the second school the group has helped in the establishment of sensory rooms.
Potts said, "the kids need this. It will help them at an early age learn how to be able to cope with the world they have to grow up in and live in."
Cards will be sold at all benefits and bazaars to help raise needed funds. Please consider contributing whatever you can make and send to them. Send to:
Autism Project of Southern Ohio
PO Box 888
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Notify a moderator or owner of this group of how many you send and be entered into a wonderful drawing for a prize.