SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - A bus is providing therapy on the go for children with sensory issues. This bus was started by an occupational therapist in Salem to allow more access for families in rural areas and tight schedules.
Grayson Chapmon is a 7 year old and is just like any other kid--he loves to play and laugh. But one thing sets him slightly apart.
"He just has some like sensory needs. He gets really, easily excited and kind of hard to wind back down. He was having a hard time sleeping," his mother, Jill Chapmon, said.
Grayson Chapmon is one of nine kids, this has made it hard for his mother to get Grayson the proper help he needs. All seemed impossible until the occupational therapy bus came rolling up to the door.
"When he needed OT and sensory therapy, it was just so hard to fit it in our schedule . . . this worked out perfectly because then I could just have her meet me wherever I was at, and I can continue with somebody else's baseball or dance lesson," Chapmon said.
Occupational Therapist Amy Higgs started this bus for kids with sensory issues such as Autism and ADHD.
"In 2006 my son was born and was diagnosed with autism. I Started using some of those therapy strategies with him," Higgs said.
"In some special outreach areas it takes families up to an hour to an hour and half to reach those therapy services. Now I can come to them," Said Amy Higgs.
After five years in practice, I decided that I needed to upgrade the look of my office to allow for optimal patient care. Upon researching some possibilities, I came across the Fun Factory Sensory Gym. I immediately called the company to purchase my own gym unit. We scheduled an install date and in three short days, my gym and my vision were complete. My patients and their parents walk in and are amazed at the beautiful and fun set up. I truly feel that my patients are getting the most effective and efficient care because I have the best equipment to address their individual needs. With the Fun Factory Gym equipment, I am able to help these children improve by Leaps and Bounds!
The Kaufman Children’s Center was proud to announce an exciting upgrade made here at the KCC. Over a long weekend in late January 2013, we completed a huge remodel to our sensory gym.
Our Fun Factory Sensory Gym has been life changing for our family! The entire experience of having the FFSG team in our home was so enjoyable. The crew’s heart and soul is behind the work they’re doing. From the first phone call, FFSG was committed to helping our family and our 3 small children with their various special needs. We have already experienced the calming effects of the net swing and the multiple ways the entire gym provides sensory input and regulation for our intense sensory seekers. What a great tool for our family and more than worth the investment!