Sensory Room helps Rockhampton boy rock to Beatles in style

VIDEO: New room helps rock the world for Trent

TRENT Alder gets to rock out to the Bee Gees in style thanks to Rockhampton CPL's new sensory room.

The 26-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer has found a favourite in the facility's "vibro-acoustic corner chair", which allows users to feel the vibrations of music.

It is one of many new pieces of equipment CPL has purchased to create the sensory room for clients with a range of disabilities, focusing on light, sound and touch.

Trent's mother, Debra, said the sensory facility was life-changing for her son.

"It has changed his world... he loves the vibration and the sound and light," she said.

"Parents can't afford the things in here... and it caters for such a wide range of disabilities."

Debra said having the facility within the centre made it easier on her and Trent.

"We are already here five times a week, so we get to utilise it... now he's getting that sensory experience every day," she said.

"We don't need to change his routine or put him in a bus to take him somewhere else."

The project, two years in the making, was made a reality thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Iwasaki Foundation.

CPL's regional manager Michael Binyon said the room would provide more than 5000 hours of therapy, and could be separated into three smaller rooms.

Mr Binyon said the benefits of sensory therapy were immense.

"It's good for neural development, muscle memory, pause and effect and can be peaceful and calming too," he said.

"It can be beneficial for all kinds of disabilities."

Mr Binyon said the facility was "ground-breaking" and was a first for the organisation.

"There is nothing of this size within the organisation. This is the largest centre that we have and this is the largest sensory room.

"We have 85 clients here and CPL supports over 200 people," he said.

CPL: Cerebral Palsy League

Rockhampton Centre provides support in the community and a life skills program.

85 clients in Rockhampton

10 clients in Gladstone

27 services state-wide



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