Multisensory Gym for Children with Special Needs Hitting the Road
SCHENECTADY — A local preschool program has teamed up with CDTA and Proctors to bring a multi-sensory experience directly to local children on the Autism spectrum.
Thanks to the donation of a bus from CDTA, the Spotted Zebra Learning Center in Colonie will be packing up its new sensory gymnasium, the Bizzy Beez Activity Center, and hitting the road.
The Bizzy Beez — an indoor, multi-sensory environment for kids of all ages to move, touch and swing their way through different settings — was designed to enhance the development of a child's fine/gross motor skills, creativity, self-esteem, social development and cognitive development. It comes equipped with games, toys, light tables and furniture.
It made its first "traveling" debut Sunday at Proctors in Schenectady, in association with a matinee performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King and I."
Proctors had approached the Spotted Zebra about a partnership through independent promoter Jim Anderson, and plans to work with the center on more family entertainment opportunities in the 2018–2019 season. The free sensory gyms will open one hour before show time and continue to provide support throughout the performance.
"We're so proud and excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the families of the Capital Region," said Heather Rutski, audience development and retention specialist for Proctors. "Our goal is always to serve the entire community, and having the Bizzy Beez Activity Center visit us on site just feels right."
The gyms are staffed by Spotted Zebra specialists, and offer children a personalized level of stimulation, allowing the entire family to participate in and enjoy public performances and events.
"This gift from CDTA is a godsend," said Spotted Zebra founder Sheri Townsend. "We're now able to serve even more families, and all children are welcome at the traveling centers. Proctors has a real commitment to families, and we're so glad to start this journey with them, by bringing Bizzy Beez to State Street."