A CLARKSON play centre will host an event exclusively for children with special needs and their families.
Quinns Rocks resident Gillian Gore, who runs a consultancy service supporting parents of children with additional needs, approached Atlantis Play Centre with an idea of holding the session because she found children often found visiting quite overwhelming.
“A lot of children have sensory issues and it’s huge for them to go into an environment like that,” she said.
Mrs Gore is keen to highlight the needs of children with disabilities and their families and was involved in organising a ‘quiet hour’ at Target’s Clarkson store prior to Christmas.
She said Atlantis would open on Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm specifically for the event, which she hoped would provide a comfortable and accepting environment.
“It won’t be as busy and people there will have an understanding,” she said.
“I’m hoping for a more relaxed atmosphere for them.”
Manager Kelly Stepien said some parents of children with special needs often did not feel confident to visit the centre.
“We want to reach members of the community who feel they can’t always come in during our normal opening hours,” she said.
“They can do something together as a family.”
She hoped the event gave attendees the “pure enjoyment of all being together and feeling comfortable.”
If the event is successful, Mrs Gore said she hoped to organise future sessions.
Entry costs $10 for one child or $20 for a family.
For details, call the centre on 9407 9911.