WALK WITH ME:
SENSORY PATHS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM
We are excited to announce the establishment of our “Project Walk with Me” initiative, an annual program developing and implementing an outdoor Sensory Path for a program/organization servicing children with Autism. Our inaugural project kicks off this spring to benefit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, NY with a completion date in mid-June 2022. The Sensory Path will consist of looping pathways guiding participants from station to station, with tactile and musical elements, a bridge, low obstacles, exploration boxes, and more. Particular to Pegasus’ core programs, participants will guide their assigned horses (mounted or unmounted) along the paths, enhancing their experience and interactions. The center of the Sensory Path map will also feature a butterfly pollinator garden aiming to attract monarch butterflies and other beneficial insects. To achieve this project, volunteers will gather over several days to transform an open paddock, creating the paths, spreading footing, installing sensory elements, and planting seedlings.
Outdoor sensory paths for children are not only fun to explore, but they also provide opportunities for children to build sensory connections in the brain, challenge their balance and spatial awareness skills and experience many different tactile sensations in the one area. Sensory play is also calming, improves ability and desire to communicate, boosts their motor skills, and helps children with Autism retain more as they learn. In addition, outdoor sensory paths tend to stimulate more opportunities for gross motor movement, refocusing of energy, create therapeutically purposeful activities, and opportunities to socialize and collaborate with peers.
The Agape Project NY has created the annual “Project Walk With ME” initiative with the goal of partnering each year with a new organization or program servicing children with Autism to create a Sensory Path for their students. We look forward to tailoring each project to the site and therapeutic goals of each of our partners. If you would like to become involved with “Project Walk With Me” for either current or future initiatives, please send us an email. Volunteers, collaborators, and material donations are always needed and appreciated.