AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo non-profit SLAM Zone is working to provide a parent-led facility focusing on providing opportunities to engage in a variety of sensory activities to help fulfill the needs of children with sensory processing challenges.
"Our vision is to create a safe place for children to play, where they can experience different sensations in a non-threatening environment, which is important for a child's growth and development," said Board Member of SLAM Zone Simone Buys.
Buys said the gym will offer a a safe place for parents and children to socialize and network with other families who share similar challenges.
"The gym will be somewhere for parents to take their children who have special needs, but also a place for parents to collaborate and learn from each other while their children play," said Buys.
Sensory play can help to develop a child's social, fine motor, gross motor and self-control skills.
"There are a lot of indoor play gyms for children, but none that focus on special needs with sensory," said Board Member of SLAM Zone Libby Kelley. "It's sometimes hard for children with sensory challenges to interact with kids that are jumping around and being noisy, it's just different for them."
The sensory gym is scheduled to open the first of August.
However, Kelley said the organization still needs help from the community.
The group is asking for donations of things like bicycle tires for spinning, bells to ring, old cabinet doors to slam, as well as paint for the gym walls.
The non-profit will also host their first annual golf tournament on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Ross Rogers Golf Course.
For more information, contact Libby Kelley at (806) 206-3307.