Devereux California awarded $6,000 grant
for multi-sensory equipment for adults with autism
Advanced Behavioral Health California was recently awarded a $6,000
grant to purchase multi-sensory equipment for adults diagnosed with autism
spectrum disorder (ASD).
The grant, from the June G. Outhwaite Charitable
Trust, a private foundation that supports charitable
organizations in Santa Barbara County, Calif., will be used to purchase multi-sensory
equipment for residents of the Somerset House, a small group home in Goleta.
Multi-sensory equipment is designed to promote feelings of well-being,
and can either calm or stimulate the senses of individuals with autism or
special needs through the use of special lighting, music/sound machines, textures
“We are extremely grateful to the Outhwaite Foundation for presenting
our organization with this generous grant,” said Devereux California Executive
Director Amy Evans. “The adults we
serve at the Somerset House – many of whom face social interaction,
communication and/or sensory processing challenges – will benefit greatly from this
type of equipment. The funds will enable us to create a therapeutic environment
where our individuals can safely explore and control the stimulation around
them, which will help them relax when they are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or
Benefits of utilizing multi-sensory
Evans said the benefits of providing a stimulating
environment for individuals with autism or special needs include:
- Heightened awareness
- Increased concentration and cognitive functioning
- Improved coordination and motor skills
- Relaxation and stress reduction
- Increased vocalization and language development
- Improved communication and social interaction
- Increased independence
“Multi-sensory equipment can open up a new world for our
adults,” Evans explained. “The benefits are endless! The combination of sights,
sounds and scents can help soothe and calm those in our care, while keeping
their minds active.”
Advanced Behavioral Health.
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