Money raised by the 2013 Comox Valley Child Development Centre Telethon will help to create a special room to help children with sensory issues.
A new sensory room will “be filled with equipment and materials to support children with all kinds of sensory challenges,” Lorraine Aitken explained at the recent telethon.
The Comox Valley Child Development Centre executive director said the room would help children who are overstimulated or understimulated by their surroundings.
“It has equipment that will challenge every sense like sound, touch, pressure, smell, motion lighting – it’s going to be a fabulous room,” she explained as music swirled loudly throughout the Sid Williams Theatre during the 38th annual telethon.
The Comox Valley Child Development Association has a federal accessibility grant to help construct the room, and will couple that with fundraising for equipment, Aitken explained.
“It’s been a dream of our … physical therapist, who’s been with us for over 25 years, to have this sensory room.
“So now we’re finally catching up with a lot of the other centres around the province, and world, with this kind of equipment for children with sensory challenges.”
The telethon Nov. 3 raised more than $77,000 in its return to the Sid Williams after being at the nearby Old Church Theatre in Courtenay for the past 15 years.
The CVCDA assists more than 800 children and their families each year via a wide array of programming. The Ministry of Children and Family Development covers the wages and benefits of CVCDA staff, but the association covers all operational costs using fundraised dollars.
For more information about the CVCDA, visit www.cvcda.ca or the CVCDA Facebook page.