The Sanctuary is a safe space for all Discovery Space visitors, including children on the Autism Spectrum, to engage in sensory play. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates the senses (touch, taste, movement, balance, sight, smell and hearing) and supports a child’s cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interactions and problem solving.

Learn through play

Items in The Sanctuary include lights, mirrors, tactile objects, cushions, a sling swing, bubble tubes, light tables, weaving wall, optic curtain, sensory den, weighted blankets and a memory foam mat.

Backed by research

Children use their senses to explore and make sense of the world around them. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change neural pathways or synapses to rewire the brain. Providing children with opportunity to actively use their senses is crucial to brain development as it helps build nerve connections in the brain pathways, which helps with the greater development of the child.

Sensory play leads to a child’s ability to complete more complex tasks, supporting cognitive growth, language development, gross motor skills, social interactions and problem solving skills. Sensory play encourages one to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information, strengthening sensory-related synapses and functions.

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