A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the Parents’ Association (APYMA) of the Jesuitinas Bilbao school.

It’s a good thing that people are connectors! Let me explain. Thanks to a colleague from the University of Deusto and a educational action carried out by other colleagues and myself from the same university with the Jesuitinas Bilbao school, today I am telling you about this project.

Following the educational line of the Jesuitinas school, the values of belonging to the community, respect for the most vulnerable, the achievement of real inclusion, volunteering and the educational project based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the APYMA is looking for an inclusive space for their children, and in which the community (nursing homes, other schools, associations, families, therapists, early care centers for children with disabilities, etc.) can have a place.

In case you didn’t know, Jesuitinas School in Bilbao was the first school to be accredited by the United Nations at a national level in terms of SDGs.

The Multisensory Atelier and Sensory Integration project that I present to you today is of great importance, and requires a strong economic investment. Hence, on January 29, 2024, they launched a crowdfunding campaign.

For those of you who are not aware of it, crowdfunding is an online crowd-funding strategy that consists of obtaining economic funds through altruistic and solidary donations to make the project a reality. The person who participates could also receive a kind of reward for the contribution to the project..

The Multisensory Atelier and Sensory Integration helps to:

  • Stimulate and promote the integration of the different sensory pathways: auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory and gustatory stimulation, a stimulation of the five senses.
  • Relax and reduce anxiolytics.
  • Activate and improve apathy.
  • Reduce muscle tone.
  • Improve attention, perception and memory.
  • Facilitate balance.
  • Increase interaction with objects and manipulation.

Its benefits are, among others, the following ones:

  • To value sensations and their perception.
  • To enhance the assimilation of information and regulation.
  • To work on sensations in order to explore, discover, learn and enjoy diverse sensory and vital experiences.
  • To mature the nervous system and sensory awakening.

Specifically for students with special educational needs, this space works at all levels (cognitive, communicative, sensory and motor) and creates a pleasant and attractive environment where children face situations that may cause anxiety or fear in a positive way, helping them to extrapolate it to their daily routine and thus improve their quality of life.

In addition, it improves their regulation, gives them confidence and tranquility, respects the times of each person, develops confidence, enhances self-control, encourages exploration and the development of sensory capabilities, establishes a tonic-emotional communication, offers the possibility to choose from a large number of meaningful offers, increases the level of connection and the emission of adapted responses, and reduces stereotyped movements, helping sensory regulation.

What does it cost to achieve all this? Starting from a perfectly prepared and conditioned space, it can cost between 25,000€ and 30,000€ approximately. I invite you to help by doing your bit, for which you only have to enter the following link of the platform.

Let’s give the opportunity to entrepreneurs as the parents of the Jesuitinas school in Bilbao.

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