March 2019 Recipients
Goldfields School in Paeroa provides special needs education for students aged five to 21. In recent years it has seen a spike in the number of students with sensory needs such as those on the Autism Spectrum.
It has received $3,277.50 to purchase a sensory seating system that will settle students by surrounding the body and simultaneously increasing stimulation of the senses.
The seating system will be used in the school’s sensory suite which has both light and dark rooms. Research shows that multi-sensory environments can develop or re-activate senses, increase brain function and induce calmness.