Bibra Lake: not-for-profit holds fun event for children with autism, neurological conditions

Janine Thompson with son Mac 5 (Ascot). Photo: Jon Hewson. d490719.
Janine Thompson with son Mac 5 (Ascot). Photo: Jon Hewson. d490719.

IT will be all fun and games at The Simulation Centre when a local not-for-profit holds a special event for children with cognitive conditions such as autism.

Inspired Minds Australia, which raises awareness and offers support for families dealing with neurological issues, decided to hold the fun event at The Simulation Centre for the therapeutic, cognitive and physical benefits that type of play could have on a child with autism and other neurological conditions.

Inspired Minds Australia board director Janine Thompson, herself the mother of two boys who suffer with seizures, said they were focused of educating people on the importance of the ‘brain to body’ connection.

“My boys have made remarkable progress with their development, despite suffering from repeated seizures, due to working with brain to body methodologies,” she said.

“My youngest boy was suffering from over 100 seizures in a week and my middle boy had stopped talking from 18 months, but they are now living happy, productive lives attending school.

“We have chosen to have a fun event at The Simulation Centre as we want to highlight the benefits that can be gained by participating in brain to body modalities.”

Janine Thompson with son Mac 5 (Ascot). Photo: Jon Hewson.

The Simulation Centre director Justine Mamootil said they strictly controlled the number of people playing at a given time, creating a noise controlled environment that was beneficial to those with cognitive issues.

Activities include rock climbing, parkour, slot cars, racing car simulators, sport simulators and a 9D cinema.

“The centre works closely with people on the autism spectrum and those with neurological diagnoses,” she said.

“Staff are trained in ASD and cognitive behaviour therapy and are more than happy to work closely with participants to achieve desired outcomes.”

The event will be held at The Simulation Centre, Bibra Lake on February 22 from 6pm to 8pm.

Registrations can be made through The Simulation Centre or on the Inspired Minds Facebook page.