NEW STRUAN SCHOOL WELCOMES BRILLIANT NEW SENSORY FACILITY
Scottish Autism's New Struan School, based in Alloa, is celebrating the installation of a brilliant new sensory room in the school.
The room was refurbished and kitted out by facilities company OCS Group, who reached out to the charity and donated their time and resources to the project, and was designed by Michael Laurie Architects in partnership with the school.
The new facility is designed with an outdoor theme, involving use of audio, visual and tactile resources. It will form an important part of the everyday experience for young people at New Struan, and the staff team are delighted, and excited, by the new resource.
Commenting, Head Teacher Lee-Anne McAulay said:
"The partnership with OCS Group has been an absolute dream for us, the team were entirely supportive of our vision and nothing was ever too much to ask.
"We wanted to ensure that the sensory room was something which would be part of the everyday sensory regulation for our young people, and built into the curriculum.
"Too often the perception of such resources is that they are somewhere for young people to be sent when they are struggling to regulate or distressed, we wanted a space where we could flip that expectation and make it integral to the school experience.
"I cannot overstate the benefit that our young people will get from this calm, beautiful sensory space."
Colin Rushforth, Account Director with OCS, added:
“It has been a pleasure to support Scottish Autism and work with the fantastic staff at New Struan School.
"We at OCS, with the support of our dedicated team and supply chain were delighted to help such a great cause, who give so much to the autistic community in Scotland.
"From the outset, our joint vision with Michael Laurie Architects and the New Struan staff was to create a bespoke space which would bring an outdoor feeling, indoors. We feel the completed project reflects this.
"We hope the young people enjoy their new Sensory Room and look forward to supporting Scottish Autism in future projects.”