Sensory sports day at The Children’s Trust

Parallel and Panathlon joined children for a day full of sensory activities.

Josiah at Sports day

Published on: 07/07/21

Young people from The Children’s Trust School and residential houses took part in a Sensory 360 experience, the first on-site event in over a year. 

The event was hosted by Parallel, who deliver inclusive events for people of all abilities and held their own virtual Festival of Inclusivity on 27 June. 

Inclusive sports expert Mark Bullock and the team from Panathlon, which provides sport competitions for young people with disabilities, were also on-site to help with the activities for the day.

In this first-of-its-kind event, the children enjoyed sensory and physical activities. 

Frankie at Sports day

Each activity was designed to encourage playfulness and stimulate at least one of the five senses; sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch. These included a:
-    mud pie making station, water explore area and feely boxes for touch, as well as playing with foam and bubbles at a ‘car wash’
-    herb kitchen with mint, rosemary, coriander and lemon for taste and scent
-    relaxing music area for sound
-    natural selfie area, and balloons and streamers for sight.

Rose at Sports day

Of all the sensory activities, the mud pie making station was apparently the most popular! Besides these, physical activities included messy football, boccia blast and tennis. All the children received a medal and certificate at the end of the day to celebrate their participation. 

Sharon Tuppeny, Head of Therapy – Rehabilitation, said: “Sensory environments help children and young people with complex needs and multiple disabilities to engage with their senses and interact with the world around them. Thank you to Parallel for bringing such a special Sensory 360 to Tadworth.”

Sports day car wash

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