Prior’s Court School, a charity and special school for young people with autism based in Berkshire, was delighted to complete its new multi-sensory building thanks to funding from the Foundation.
The school’s young people are severely challenged by their autism and learning difficulties, which have a profound effect on their ability to access learning and interact with the world around them. As a result of these challenges, they often have problems processing sensory information, leading some to avoid loud sounds and bright lights and others to seek deep pressure massage and other sensory input.
The new facility will enable the school’s students to learn to interact with their surroundings in a safe, non-threatening way and in their own time. The facilities include a relaxation room with bean bags, vibration corner and fibre optic curtain; interactive multi-sensory room with mirrors, bubble tubes and music; and soft play activity room with ball pool, infinity hut and rockers. They will allow students to explore, learn, understand and communicate more effectively, using all of their senses. Benefits include a reduction in distress, fear, aggression and other autism-related behaviour, helping them respond to the world around them in a more structured and organised way.
Lucinda Gillingham, Head of Fundraising at Prior’s Court School told us: “We were really delighted to have received this generous grant. It made a significant difference to us being able to complete the project, which now finished, is hugely beneficial to our students.”