November 16, 2017 | Blog, Press Release
The Els Center of Excellence expands with a Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion
Jupiter, Fla. (November 15, 2017) – Els for Autism Foundation announces the opening of the Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion at The Els Center of Excellence. The 13,000-square foot Sensory Arts Garden is both a therapeutic and educational destination for children and adults providing a meaningful experience through the exploration of nature and stimulation of the senses. Motor, cognitive, sensory and social skills are stimulated through the variety of plantings, hardscape and water features. Purposely designed to offer varying levels of sensory experiences, while minimizing sensory overload, the garden sets a precedent for specialized outdoor environments for people with autism and other related disabilities.
The adjoining 1,800-square foot Pavilion, used as a multipurpose classroom/studio for art shows and other gatherings, provides the Foundation a means to highlight the artistic talents of individuals, all ages and abilities.
The creation of the garden was a collaboration between the Foundation and Dirtworks, PC. The design was developed by Dirtworks President and Founder, David Kamp, FASLA, in collaboration with Occupational Therapy Consultant, Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS, FAOTA, and Director of Programs and Operations at the Els for Autism Foundation, Marlene Sotelo, EdD, BCBA-D, MT-BC.
David Kamp believes that nature is essential for human health, development and well-being. “Dirtworks is delighted and honored to be a part of the opening of the Sensory Arts Garden.” Kamp said, “The project has been an exciting and important collaboration with The Els Center of Excellence to create a welcoming and a transformative garden where individuals learn, engage and socialize, regardless of their ability.”
Added Marlene Sotelo, “The garden and pavilion will provide benefits to the Foundation’s clients, their families, art students, artists and the community who will find this creative destination to be tranquil, educational and therapeutic.”
The Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion are open to the community by appointment only and can be rented for both business and social functions. Naming opportunities are available including the trellis, sensory rooms and trees.
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