CENCRE inaugurates a new room
By Jade Arroyo
On January 30, the CENCRE (Centro de Crecimiento) inaugurated a new room at its facilities: the Salón de Estimulación (Multisensory Stimulation Room), called SEMS for short, which is the first on its kind in the city and the second in the Bajío region (the other is in Irapuato). The SEMS is a controlled space, isolated from the outside, where through sensory stimulation (images, sounds, textures and temperatures) that is very attractive to small children they intend to promote exploration, discovery and enjoyment through different sensory experiences, with the goal of improving the conditions of those with disabilities. In small children, this treatment is used to reinforce the development of their learning, their concentration level and their integration. It speeds up the process of learning to read and write.
The therapist and coordinator of the project, Karla Galindo, explained a little about the history of this room’s design. The first SEMS was designed in 1976 in Belgium to help soldiers who had come back from the war traumatized to reintegrate into society. Then, they realized that the SEMS complemented almost every other treatment and led to quicker rehabilitation and was beneficial for a large range of patients. This treatment also helps in cases of autism, paralysis and depression, among other diagnosed conditions.
The president of the local DIF, Karla Ramírez, said at the opening: “To be here is an enriching experience. I am very happy and motivated to carry on with work. This is a space to help sanmiguelenses. We support children and I feel very proud of the work done here; we need to enter modern times.”
The CENCRE is a civic association that has helped people with disabilities in the community for over 34 years, especially those with few financial resources.