A message from a May Center School parent about the splash pad initiative in Randolph, Mass.!


A message from Sabrina Manno, mom to Marcus, a student at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, Mass.

Dear May community,
I hope you have heard the wonderful news that the May Center School in Randolph will be building a 1,500-square-foot splash pad in the space next to the playground. My son, Marcus, is a student at the school.  I can’t tell you how excited I am for him – for all of our children - and what this will mean for them.  Playing alongside his peers in a fun, interactive, sensory-stimulating water park would create the ultimate experience for Marcus. 
The splash pad will provide an area for play and also be a resource for the sensory needs of the children, allowing them to explore -light touch to firm touch, dry to wet - and learn concepts of science and math, such as empty/full, before/after, shallow/deep.

And, as they play, our children will learn problem-solving and social skills that come along with unexpected situations in a fun and meaningful way.

Visit our Crowdrise fundraising page to make your donation and to learn more. (Now Closed for Donations)
Here’s what I’ve learned about children with ASD and other developmental disabilities using splash pads: 
  • Children strengthen gross motor skills by running, jumping, and dodging water.
  • Water play encourages hand and eye coordination through splashing, pouring, and feeling water.
  • Splash pads help a child emotionally by providing deep pressure, soothing sounds, and opportunities of dealing with the unexpected.

Thank you for your support!

Sabrina Manno, Marcus’ Mom