Thursday, March 14, 2024

Sensory Splash offers chance for families with support needs to enjoy some time at the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre

This Sunday brings an opportunity for parents and guardians with children who are neurodiverse or have support needs to enjoy some time at the Early Aquatic Centre.  

With two hours blocked off thanks to the corporate funding assistance of Trigon.

The First ever Sensory Splash is set for 9:30 to 11:30  hosted by North Coast community Services.

The event is Open to families whose regular swim times are not easily accessible

What participants can expect at the pool on Sunday morning includes: 

Noise reduction
Florescent lighting turned off
Support volunteers to help navigate
Visual supports available 

NCCSS reminds parents/guardians that Children must be accompanied by an adult (over 19) to take part in this sponsored event. 

Yesterday Trigon outlined its involvement with the North Coast Community Services initiative and how it will support families in the community.

Many families will avoid public swimming or play times because of possible reactions on the part of people unfamiliar with a happy stimming child or a child who is having a hard time transitioning, making the sensory friendly swims a welcome opportunity in our community. 

During the sensory-friendly swim periods, the pool will be set aside specifically for the use of neurodiverse children. This is expected to lower barriers for these children, and to expand their access to this important and fun form of recreational activity. It will also create the opportunity to build valuable connections among the families of participating children. 

Trigon CEO Rob Booker noted how the industrial shipping terminal in the community is enthusiastic in its support for the program.

 “We know from our employees and recruitment prospects that many people have children with a range of needs, and they’re not always easy to meet in a smaller community like Prince Rupert. We’re pleased to support this initiative, and hope it will result in more local children experiencing the joys of water play in a safe and inclusive environment.”

Yesterday's announcement, which you can review here, also notes that there will be additional Sensory Friendly swims ahead with sessions planned for April and May.

You can follow the NCCS social media stream for more details as those dates get closer.

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