Sensory Rooms are practical ways for churches to meet the needs of children with special needs attending their church, as well as a sign to the community that your church cares about families impacted by disability.
One Sunday, at our church, we found ourselves with 16 kids in our Children’s Church and eight of them had a disability. We have kids in wheelchairs, non-verbal kids, kids with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy. And many of them have sensory issues. Church is a hard place to be for many kids with special needs. So one of the moms said, “We need a sensory room.” And another moms said, “I have a swing I could donate.” And it went from there.
We made a list of what we would need, looked at our space at church and came up with the cost. Then we raised the money. We knew God was in this when it took us only three weeks to raise $5,000.
How can even a small church make a big impact for the Kingdom through sensory rooms?
When we built our sensory rooms, we planned on making them available to the special needs community. Our idea was to have “open hours” so parents could bring their kids and use our facility. We have therapy equipment, and lots of sensory items that can be beneficial to children with disabilities, yet too expensive for most families to purchase and have at home. The local respite program heard about what we were doing, and they contacted us asking if we would consider hosting their program. To us, this was an answer to prayer, another confirmation that this was from God. Every week we have a moms group gather at our church while the kids have a special activity, and every month we have dozens of families drop off their kids for respite. Our church might be small (micro) but we are making a difference in our special needs community. We are the church that embraces disability.
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Here at Disability Matters, we want to make your sensory rooms become a reality!
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