Little Miracles Sensory Sats (Sensory Saturdays) runs at the Ely Community Centre every Saturday between 2pm and 4pm and is free to attend. We cater for children with additional needs and their siblings of any age, your child does not need to have a full diagnosis to attend our sessions or to be a member.
Sensory Saturdays is a family play session where the children are encouraged to be themselves in a safe and happy environment away from judgement from others. The area of additional needs in children is vast and resource is very much limited in the local area and we aim to compliment this as much as we possibly can .
At our sessions you can learn more about our free membership, the events and trips that we run and also get a Max Card. We also have a family worker who can advise on general matters and such things as DLA and benefits you maybe entitled to.
An example of just some of the areas we presently support and not limited to, are Autism (ASD), Dyspraxia, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Global Development Delay (GDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Epilepsy, Aspergers, Hypotonia, Cerebral Palsy & Hyper-mobility.
Saturday October 14th 2017
2pm – 4pm
Next Themed Session
“East Cambs Police”
October 14th 2017
Available at our sessions
East Cambs Police
Our good friend PCSO Emma Graves joins us for the session!
Enjoy imagination, sports and sensory play this week!
Enjoy all our usual activities alongside a Halloween theme!
Guy Fawkes Session
Enjoy all our usual activities alongside a Fireworks theme!
2pm – 4pm
2pm – 4pm
2pm – 4pm
2pm – 4pm
The Sensory Room
We have a dedicated sensory room with dual tall standing bubble tubes as well a range of audio, visual and scent stimulation’s. The room is soft furnished, hand held sensory equipment is available as well as a black out pod too.
A sensory room is designed to relax and stimulate your senses, through different lights, textures and sounds. This can be used as therapy for children with limited communication skills.
Within our ranks we also have Saggo, who is our very large worry eater and is fantastic for helping children with the things that are bothering them. A small note can be written by the child, dropped in his mouth and he will take care of it from there. For the very young ones a little whisper in his ear will also do the trick.
We also have a set of 3 bears called Thomas, Hilton and Lottie who like to spend as much time with the children as possible and document what they have been up to on their dedicated web page. Thomas looks after the building and our events but Hilton and Lottie like to head home with a different child each week for a bit of an adventure.
Around the building
We are fortunate to have a very spacious centre and are able to turn different rooms into specific zones. Typically each session would break down into a welcome lobby, media area, sensory, arts & crafts, sports hall, parents room and general play. We additionally have quiet zones and cooking facilities that we can utilise.
On the outside we also have large gardens to make the most of the sunny days. We allow families to bring their own bikes and scooters for use outdoors and picnics can be held in the secure grounds.
Our main hall is typically used for indoor football, cricket, basketball, use of our PlasmaCars and free play.
Technology & Media
A lot of the areas that we have are technology driven and we utilise media and I.T where possible as we find this is something the children heavily relate to.
We have an interactive floor, sound and light touch panel, theatre projection, photography studio, Osmo iPad system, remote control drone as well as Xbox and Nintendo consoles.
Storytime & Singtime
Come and explore the wonderful and musical story time and song time at our Sensory Sats sessions for all children with support from their adult. Each week in our sensory room at 3:45pm, there will be a story time followed by song time before marking the end of the session.
Children can listen and join in with our stories, encouraging the development of both their social and communication skills. We will try to use stories that may be familiar with the children to encourage anticipation and so they can join in with phrases/words of the story!
With the help of Singing Hands nursery rhymes, we will be using Makaton signing to sing nursery rhymes. Again, we will try and keep to the same order of familiar nursery rhymes so that the children can join in and both children and adults can begin to learn the signs. This will encourage the children to develop their social, communication and physical skills.
We frequently run themed sessions and photoshoots throughout the year as well as invite other service providers and guests to our sessions so you can learn about what they do in the community. Some of the themed sessions that we have done so far are Harry Potter, Star Wars, Disney, Be Yourself and Hawaii to name but a few.
Such people as Cambs Police, Pinpoint, Core Assets, Dyspraxia UK and Magpas have all joined us in the past and will again moving forwards.
All of our volunteers are DBS compliant (formerly known as the CRB) and follow policies for working with children. Qualified first aiding is in place at all of our sessions also.
Please note that our volunteers are there to facilitate the sessions and be on hand to help with the services and items that we provide for families. The care of the child / children attending the session is the responsibility of the parents and or carers attending with them.
Please also ensure that you make our team aware of any allergies that your child has when attending so we can be sure this is considered during refreshments.