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Lark Hill Family Zone and Sensory Room offers support to Pendleton families

LIGHT, sound and touch are at the heart of a new sensory room in the Family Zone of a Pendleton primary school.

Set up by the Parents’ Forum, the sensory room is carefully designed for children with special educational needs, thanks to funding received £8,000 funding from Newground Together and Pendleton Co-operative.

The room is filled with bubble tubes, fibre optic light displays, sound reactive rainbow lights, a foot notes keyboard and interactive carpet to support sensory development.Photo 2 Harley Smith 10 With His Mum Bella Smith In The New Sensory Room

The equipment uses the wonder of light and sound to engage and interact with young children.

Parents and young children can book sessions in the sensory room at the Liverpool Road school to experience, explore and develop sensory skills. 

Research has shown there are significant benefits for children who use the facility. The overactive can be calmed, the inactive become stimulated and the partially sighted can see the vivid moving colours.

Wendy Hughes, community manager at Lark Hill Primary School, said: “The first children are now beginning to use the new sensory room which will provide social, behavioral and emotional support to young children with differing needs.”

Year 6 pupil Harley Smith,10, has autism and is one of the pupils who is benefiting from the room.  He said: “I think it is absolutely awesome. Whenever I get frustrated I can go in the room and it really relaxes me.”

Mum Bella Smith said: “Harley is autistic and he can let things build up. The room has really helped with his behaviour as it calms him down. It is fantastic that the school now has this facility.”


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