More children than ever across Australia are being recognised as having learning difficulties and diagnosis is on the rise.

With continued awareness and understanding of children with additional needs, new opportunities are constantly being created to improve the lives of all children who need extra assistance.

Meadowglen Primary School in Epping is a prime example of this.  This forward-thinking school has recently joined forces with leading sensory spaces provider, William Ready (www.williamready.com.au), to create two interactive play spaces in their school ground.

These spaces aim to encourage kids to use their seven senses, as well as promote inclusion, imagination and play. These spaces not only benefit students with additional needs but provides all students with a space where they can all play safely together.

The Music Maker Wall and Creative Corner give students the opportunity to be involved in an activity that does not require a specific skill level or age limit, and actively engages their senses.

Meadowglen Primary School Principal, Loretta Piazza, is thrilled with the sensory spaces.  She says, “Our kids are enjoying exploring these new, engaging spaces. We have more than 500 students at our school who are all diverse in both their strengths and challenges. These amazing sensory spaces provide an opportunity for all students to learn how to self-regulate based on their unique needs.”

“Sensory Play is crucial to brain development. By giving students different ways to actively engage their senses, they can explore and try to make sense of the world around them. It’s heart-warming to see our students enjoy something different and something that all schools should look in to.”

The benefits of sensory spaces are endless. From reducing sensory overload to providing stimulus for a variety of senses, this can lead to enhanced engagement, self-awareness, developed resilience and increased student wellbeing.

Tuesday 2nd April is World Autism Awareness Day. The aim of the day is to raise awareness about those diagnosed with autism around the globe. William Ready strives to ensure that children on the spectrum (ASD) can feel valued, supported and succeed while being their authentic selves. To find out more visit www.williamready.com.au.

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