The human brain is designed to produce and regulate responses to the body’s sensory experiences — those things we touch, see, smell, taste and hear. This link between the brain and our behavior is called “sensory integration.” For most people, this is a normal and typically overlooked part of their daily experience. But for an individual with a developmental or intellectual disability, the way the brain processes these experiences can be a major source of distress and discomfort (Betty Bell, Enabling Devices, 2019). Sensory walls create an interactive learning space for children with disabilities. Sensory walls and rooms allow children and adults to improve coordination, problem-solving, and to explore new learning methods within a safe space.
What is a Special Hope Network Community Care Center?
In Zambia, accessibility to care for children with intellectual disabilities is very low, and in Lusaka, facilities and programs offering necessary therapies and education are few and far between. Kids who have disabilities are often left incredibly marginalized and vulnerable, and without a community of support, families are unsure how to care for their child. Our Community Care Centers (CCCs) are at the heart of what we do. We believe that children with intellectual disabilities have an important role in their families and in their communities. Because of this, we open centers in the community where Special Hope staff can partner with parents to provide the guidance, skills, and support necessary to see their children with disabilities thrive.
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