Novak Djokovic Foundation and The Human Safety Net Opened a Sensory Room in Zajecar
Multi-sensory rooms are particularly important in creating the best possible ambiance for the treatment of developmentally impaired children. After Zajecar, the partners are planning another two openings in 2021 – in Kovacica and Sjenica.
Through their significant partnership with The Human Safety Net and Generali Insurance Serbia, Novak Djokovic Foundation opened the first multi-sensory room at “Jelena Majstorovic” – primary and mid-level education school for children with autism and development issues in Zajecar, Serbia. The resources for this rather important type of support were collected during a global humanitarian challenge co-led by the Foundation and the employees of Generali Insurance Serbia, within their global initiative The Human Safety Net. Additionally, having recognized the importance of such rooms, Generali Insurance contributed with additional financial aid in order to collect sufficient funds for the three planned rooms.
A sensory room is a special space designed to develop one’s senses, usually through special lighting, music, and/or objects. It is often used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills. There are multiple types of sensory rooms and purposes for use that have been created and implemented in different practice areas. When used appropriately, sensory rooms:
- help create a safe space;
- expedite the therapeutic alliance;
- provide opportunities for engagement in prevention and crisis de-escalation strategies, as well as a number of other therapeutic;
- promote self-care/self-nurturance, recovery & resilience;
“Our Foundation believes that every child, with proper support from a young age, can realize his full potential. To us, the future of every child out there is equally important and that is why, by furnishing this multi-sensory space, we want to provide the best conditions for a pleasant childhood, development, and creativity without boundaries. We have no doubt that you will use this space, into which all of us put an equally significant effort, in the best way possible,” said Maja Kremic, national director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
“Research, praxis, and scientific experiments have, over the last couple of decades, put a lot of emphasis on sensory rooms as an impulse for the stimulation of key developmental components such as fine and gross motor skills, experiencing balance and space, as well as one’s own body. All of us should have the goal of this space becoming a model of universal design that will make everyday learning more accessible. Last, but not least, we would like to share this glimmer of hope galvanized by a thought that, with your dedicated work, our Foundation will contribute to the betterment of these children and their families,” added Smiljana Grujic, Head of Programs at the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
“We are very proud of this collaboration between our humanitarian initiative The Human Safety Net and the Novak Djokovic Foundation where, each year, we help parents and children across Serbia. Besides opening 10 Centers for parents in different Serbian cities, we will also have helped children with development issues to improve their senses and cognitive abilities, by opening three sensory rooms before the end of the year. In doing so, we will provide the necessary support to parents, while helping their children to a better and happier tomorrow,” explained Dojna Maksic, regional director at Generali Insurance Serbia.
“To us, this sensory room represents a momentous helping tool in working with children whose sensory integration is impaired. In it, there are various elements that will help children not only to explore through play and develop their sensory skills but also to relax in a safe environment and let go of tense and stressful situations. Thanks to this valued donation, our school will expand its capacities in providing support to children both in the city and beyond. This will map us as a regional leader and we are indebted to the Novak Djokovic Foundation and their partners Generali Insurance Serbia and The Human Safety Net,” claimed Emila Badivuk, director of Primary and Middle School “Jelena Majstorovic”.
Another two institutions to receive multi-sensory rooms by the end of the year will be the Daily daycare for people with developmental issues in Kovacica and the “Maslacak” preschool in Sjenica.