Health Care Our Communities Our Team and Culture

Creativity with compassion builds sensory-friendly wonderland for kids with special needs

Sensory-friendly playhouse built at AdventHealth Waterman

Choose the health content that’s right for you, and get it delivered right in your inbox.

With Christmas right around the corner, team members from AdventHealth Waterman are helping to make the holidays a bit more magical for a family with special needs through the 2023 Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter Jingle Build event.

AdventHealth Waterman Jingle Build

About a dozen team members including Pediatrician, Dr. Sherryl Gordon-Spence, along with registered nurses Cameron Munoz and Heather Cedeno, who have a deep understanding of the sensory needs of autistic children, designed a built playhouse for this special family. In addition to being nurses, both Munoz and Cedeno both have children on the autism spectrum, providing them with unique insights into creating an environment tailored to these children's specific requirements.

"Individuals on the autism spectrum view the world around them a little differently — they like tactile things and to manipulate items," explained Cedeno. "They seek different sensory inputs like flipping light switches or stroking fabrics."

Construction work on the sensory-friendly playhouse at AdventHealth Waterman

Keeping this in mind, the team attached various materials inside the playhouse for the children to explore, including Legos and other sensory toys. The goal was to create a safe and stimulating space that aligns with the unique preferences and sensitivities of the children.

For Dr. Gordon-Spence, this project represents another facet of her passion for helping families and children. "I am really glad to be a part of this whole process," she said. "It's better than I imagined."

The AdventHealth Waterman team's dedication to understanding and meeting the specific needs of this special family reflects the organization's commitment to holistic healthcare and community well-being. The playhouse stands not just as a structure but as a testament to the power of empathy and community collaboration in creating spaces that cater to everyone, regardless of their unique circumstances.

Recent News

View More Articles