Rotary Club Trento: from the sensory wall for children created with the Autistic Parent Association to the service of ” safe driving in schools ”

TRENTO. ONE service to support the Association of Parents with Autistic Subjects Trentino Onlus with a ”sensory wall” able to favor it cognitive, emotional, behavioral and motor development of little girls and girls. And another service made with Trentino Solidarity Center after the title ”Safe driving in schools”. Two major projects were presented on Monday 20th of June by the President of Rotary Club Trento Matteo Sartori. It is two “Services” performed during his years which have begun on June 30, 2021 and which is now coming to an end (June 30, 2022).

The first is “Sensory interactive wall” with AGSAT (Association of Autistic Parents of Trentino Onlus). See: https://www.agsat.org/

Speakers at the meeting were Nicole Magagnotti Panizza, Alberto Meloni and Giacomo Milan. AGSAT represents a reference for the families of people with autism and / or related syndromes and at the same time it collects data, information, need to formulate intervention programs that are useful for the problem of autism in the future. It was born in 1999 at the behest of some parentsthose who felt the need to provide their children with treatments that matched their needs. As part of the “Sensory Project”, the innovative “Sensory-interactive wall” was presented, supported by the Rotary Club of Trento.

Born from “Thesis project Kokko” from “Inclusive and sensory design“By Dr. Nicole Magagnotti Panizza, graduated with 110 cum laude at the “Free University of Bozen-Bolzano” in the academic year 2020-2021. “Kokko” is a modular inclusive game designed for educational and therapeutic purposes, to meet the needs of the child on the autism spectrum, promote its cognitive, emotional, behavioral and motor development through multisensory stimulation. It was born thanks to acstudy courses, interviews and research conducted by Dr. Magagnotti Panizza med families of children on the autism spectrumas well as collaborating with occupational therapists and educators specialize in this disorder. The same has identified materials, colors, textures, patterns and shapes which could promote the child’s development, social interaction, verbal and physical communication.

The interactive sensory wall

It is interesting to note that his thesis project “Kokko” was presented Salone del Mobile in Milan last September 2021 at their request. The speaker began by explaining his intention: “The role of a designer is to design products and services for people, in my case, however, I wanted these “people” to be a more defined goal, a goal to had more needsor, which not everyone usually thinks about. Invest in designing tools that are capable of promote the growth and development of children and young people on the autism spectrum it can mean giving them a better standard of living. But to be every second child needs sustainable design that highlights in forces and not the weaknesses or shortcomings of every

The speaker then knocked on the door of the AGSAT “Association of Parents for Autistic Subjects”, with which the idea of ​​a collaboration was born to design an “Interactive Sensory Wall”, composed of 12 wooden modules (with an interlocking coupling and using the above materials), which can be used daily by children followed in therapy by Agsat. “Interactive sensory wall”, which thanks to Donatella Arcangeli’s precious contribution, Alberto Meloni, the association’s staff and with the contribution of Rotary Club Trento, was created by the local Faustini carpenter (production of Montessori teaching materials). The metal modules were kindly honored by the company Gal.Tre srl of Rovereto.

The other service illustrated during the meeting was the one performed with the CTS (Trentino Solidarity Center). See: https://www.cityse.org/

That’s the project #fragasallasicurezza, “Safe Driving Oriented to Schools”, which had already been reported by the Dolomites (READ HERE). Speakers: Antonio Simula and Laura Lunesu. The service claimed one course in self-regulatory strategies for social behavior and driving risks. The aim was to arrive at an identification of ways to contain and handle risk situations regarding consumption of alcohol or drugs and use of smartphones while driving.

The specific objectives were as follows:

Pass on skills basis for self-regulation of individual risk behavior.

Deepen the consciousness the importance of assuming an internal “locus of control” in decision-making processes.

Provide some basic knowledge related to: alcohol interference in the biological mechanisms of perception and cognitive performance; consumption styles and general effects of alcohol and drugs on the body.

The course aimed to develop awareness of individual changes in risk perception and self-efficacy in terms of behaviors that are potentially harmful to oneself and others when driving a car. At the end of the training course, the students participated in the driving course Bolzano Safety Park, receipt of a certificate of participation.

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