Mencap Belfast’s Multi-Sensory Room: two years on

THE MULTI-SENSORY  room was funded by Wooden Spoon Ulster two years ago and is used by every child in the Mencap Children’s Centre in Belfast.  It provides sensory experiences for children, especially for children with profound multiple learning disabilities.

Ebony loves watching and exploring all the lights, sounds and bubbles.

Ebony has Down’s Syndrome and attended the Mencap Children’s Centre for a year, she is a fun-loving, happy three-year-old girl who tries to achieve and learn everything that she can. She lives in Belfast with her mother Lisa and family and has an older sister, brothers, nephews and nieces

Ebony’s mother Lisa said “It was a shock to the system when Ebony was born, as it was a day and a half before they realised she had Down’s Syndrome. There were a lot of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change her for the world, she’s amazing and it’s even more amazing how far she has come.

Ebony just loved the multi-sensory room at the Children’s Centre, it was a magical place to Ebony.  There is a water bed, fibre option tails, bubble tube, sound boards, touch board and activity or tactile wall.  The soundboard and bubble tube are all linked up to the sound and light system so they can be controlled by the workers or the child.  Staff said Ebony liked to press the buttons and she just loved watching and exploring all the lights, sounds and bubbles.

The Mencap Children’s Centre has brought Ebony on in leaps and bounds.  It’s brought her out of her shell and given her so much confidence, she has developed so much in that one year it’s been just amazing.”

It is a pleasure to hear how Ebony has benefited from the sensory room and see the impact that the grant from Wooden Spoon Ulster has made to Ebony’s life.

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