Have you heard about Shine Shed? Shine Shed is a large new indoor play centre which is build for children and adults with special needs and for their families and friends too.
Shine Shed opened in late October 2018, the centre took five months to build and most of the equipment was made and designed by speech pathologist and director Lisa Fruhstuck and her team.
Shine Shed: Information
Phone: 02 4629 5555
Mobile: 0410 459 363
The Shine Shed offers a unique sensory play experience designed to meet the needs of children, teens and young adults with special needs. Limited numbers, caring staff, friendly and understanding environment. A great activity for the whole family. We welcome everyone – with or without special needs
Parking: There is plenty of parking beside the centre, with lots of space.
I asked Lisa: “What was the inspiration behind Shine Shed?”
I have worked as a speech pathologist for around 24 years and have always been in disability.
I went out into private practice about 6 years ago and built a therapy centre in Leumeah ( Campbelltown) with a small sensory therapy gym. Many parents asked about just coming into play.
I also noticed that for many families with children with uutism and other disabilities, they were very isolated and often can’t go out to regular community activities because their child might have behaviour issues, may not be safe ( e.g running off) or have sensory overload when they are out.
I wanted to create a customised play environment that would meet the sensory needs and provide a safe inclusive play space for all.
I also looked at services for older children with special needs and found there was nothing much around , so our play space is suitable for children, teens and young adults.
With adults there are some pieces of equipment that are weight limited but most do up to or over a 100kg and we are working on getting more.
We also host birthday parties and social groups – many of our kids haven’t had a birthday party before as there was nothing suitable available.
The centre is wheelchair friendly and for kids with physical disabilities we have many swings they can use including a wheelchair swing, an adaptive zipline seat, and sensory room. We also have electric lift change table and hoist.
Shine Open Play Costs
These sessions are for everyone to come and enjoy the facilities – some sessions will be designated to specific age groups (e.g toddlers, teens)
1hr session $16.50
2hr session $27
Book ahead via the website. Do call to chat through your family’s needs.
What a terrific addition to the offerings for special needs families, and I am sure that all the family will love to play there.
Shine Shed is well worth travelling to, make it a day out!
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