NWSRA plans unique Sensory Room
Apr 19, 2016 7:54 AM -
Rolling Meadows, IL: Imagine a room where a child with Autism can feel safe, or a teenager with Asperger's can relax his mind through a multi-sensory experience, or an adult with Down syndrome can feel in control and make choices independently. Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), in partnership with its fundraising arm, Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF), has plans to create such an environment. The "Snoezelen" sensory room would be the first of its kind implemented into a recreational facility in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Lindsey Ross, age 29, has participated in NWSRA programs since her diagnosis of Rett Syndrome in 1989 at the age of 3. Her mother, Diane stated "At times, due to the symptoms of Rett syndrome, Lindsey can become over stimulated. The chair, lights and music in the current sensory room has a calming impact on Lindsey, which helps her return to activities."