March 2016 Recipients
Hamilton North Special School, received $4,433.25 to purchase two gravity chairs. 11 children with sensory processing disorders will have access to the chairs providing them with sensory breaks when needed.
One of the biggest challenges for staff educating the children is their sensory systems being out of sync, affecting their ability to focus. Students with disorders such as Rett Syndrome, ASD or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome may bang their heads, rock or hide under tables, which is not only distressing for the child but can cause disruption in the classroom.
The gravity chairs are an important asset to the classroom. With contoured layers of foam they give the agitated child a squeeze like a body hug, helping them calm down in just five minutes.