The Weingarten Childrenâ€™s Center has been gifted a Multi-Â Sensory Environment Room through the generosity ofÂ the Menlo Park Live Oaks Lions Club and the additionalÂ support of the San Carlos Home Depotâ€™s staff andÂ vendors. The result is a very special room that providesÂ primary sensory input through the auditory, visual, tactile,Â vestibular and movement senses. The highly motivatingÂ equipment provides the right degree of stimulation thatÂ allows children with special needs to learn to modulateÂ their own behavior and learn more effectively.
The national data shows that over 50% of children whoÂ are deaf or hard of hearing have additional learningÂ challenges besides their hearing loss. The Multi-SensoryÂ Environment room is specially designed to be controlledÂ by both the child and their therapist and provides aÂ positive experience for learning. Each child has a therapyÂ plan that encompasses sensory motor experiences thatÂ lays the foundation for the formation of a body conceptÂ in space, motor planning skills, and sensory processingÂ and integration that ultimately supports the learning ofÂ spoken language.
The children at WCC, as well as other children whoÂ may need this intervention, will now have access to one ofÂ the only rooms of its kind in California. WCC will beÂ reaching out to the Bay area community to let otherÂ programs working with children with special needsÂ know that this unique Multi-Sensory Environment isÂ now available to them as well.