To raise £150,000 to build and fit out a sensory play room in Pre-School Assessment Centre (PSAC)
To create a sensory enriched environment designed to support children with multi-sensory processing difficulties.
Children develop their auditory, visual, oral and vestibular information in unique personal ways and all of these are vital building blocks along the journey to becoming competent adults.
Research has proved that children with pervasive developmental disorders, whilst tenacious in their efforts, sometimes find learning confusing and distressing. Further research has shown that where an appropriate multi-sensory environment is provided, these unique learning styles and behaviours are challenged and positive changes evidenced.
The Centre is for children under five with special educational needs. They provide specialist teaching, strategies and therapies for children who appear to have a greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children their age and/or a disability which prevents or hinders a child of making use of the educational facilities provided for children of the same age.
PSAC are a specialist team that come together from education, health , social, voluntary and care services to provide programmes for children with special needs within a care, treatment, advice , support and training framework. They have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners on the Isle of Man to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need.
“Since Callum started at preschool the progress he has made has been great. The level of care he receives is excellent. Above all he always returns home happy, having enjoyed the session ”
“PSAC has made such a difference to our daughters development and the help and advice they provide for the whole family is amazing”
"The PSAC have offered us invaluable advice, support & guidance from day one. Not only have they worked wonders with our little Joseph but they have educated us and this has helped us understand our little boy in ways we never thought possible. They have opened our eyes to Josephs world. They are the most knowledgeable & patient people we have ever come across and the help didn’t stop once Joseph was enrolled there, instead we have continued to receive help with physio, dentists, hairdressers, everything that we used to worry about for a child like Joseph. We truly believe that they have changed our life as a family & we will be eternally grateful to them for the wonderful work they do. They are a fantastic organisation to support.”
“When my son Jason first went to the Pre School he didn’t have any speech and he wouldn’t allow anyone to touch, speak or go anywhere near him without screaming. He wouldn’t play with other children. Thanks to the miracle workers at PSAC, he now has some speech, he will allow others to touch and be near him without becoming anxious, as long as he knows them, and he plays with the other children. These things may seem like small feats to some people but this has changed the quality of his and his families lives. The staff here are incredibly patient and supportive, without their help I do not know what we would have done, or how far along in his development Jason would have been, can’t thank them enough”
"Putting into words my feelings about PSAC should, in theory, be an easy task. I mean they are, after all, just brilliant! But then I think again and realise that 'just brilliant' just isn't good enough. PSAC's tireless support and guidance has been unmeasurable and, on a personal note, have really opened my eyes into a child's world. PSAC treat children as children, they don't judge and they don't patronise, what they do is they give each child a chance to be who he or she is…an individual."
“PSAC is amazing its transformed our whole family life wouldn't know what to do without them. All staff so caring and would do anything to make our life's easier with loads of ideas, suggestions and help.”
“PSAC has given my son the opportunity to be more independent, and they are like my second family."
“PSAC was our lifeline from when we started attending with our little Dude. They were amazing with us ALL as a family, supporting, guiding and advising us through such a scary & difficult time. They gave 100% to Jamie, through teaching programmes, play and kindness and helped to transform him into the wonderful little boy he is today. We will be eternally grateful to the amazing team at PSAC."
Brett & Carrie Hardy & family
“PSAC transforms lives of children and families. In the time our son Harrison has been attending PSAC, he has made real breakthroughs in communication, behaviours and learning. We have found things a lot easier to cope with as a family due to their early interventions and appropriate therapies. The team have been relentless in their efforts to not only facilitate our son reaching his true potential but to actively support the whole family. What PSAC have done for our son and family is beyond words, we can’t thank them enough. They have truly transformed Harrison’s life.”
"Don't know where we'd be now with my son if it hadn't been for the Pre School Assessment Centre. Incredible team..... Incredible people... They have a special place in our hearts forever. We feel extremely lucky to have had these people in our lives when we needed it most. Unsung heros every one of them."