Mum in bid to have sensory garden installed at primary school

Daniella Paesano and her son Matteo outside Carlogie Primary School.

A Dundee mum has launched a fundraising bid to provide a sensory garden for a school.

Daniella Paesano is to trek 26 miles as part of the Kilt Walk from St Andrews to Monifieth in the hope of funding a sensory garden at Carlogie Primary School — which her five-year-old son Matteo attends.

Matteo suffers from sensory processing disorder (SPD) and her experience caring for him has led the service adviser at John Clark Motor Group to launch the fundraiser.

The sensory path will have different textures and can be used to help stimulate and calm people with sensory process disorders.

The 27-year-old, who is from Menzieshill but now lives in Carnoustie, said that the garden will help kids at the school with autism, ADHD and other sensory disabilities.

She said: “The school has been brilliant with Matteo and I wanted to give something back to them, so I decided to raise money for the sensory path.

“Matteo suffers from sensory issues and is currently being tested for autism and ADHD.

“For example, if we are in a loud room, I can filter out the background noise but he can hear it all.

“It gets a bit overwhelming for sensory issues and can lead to anxiety and meltdowns

“I have seen my son struggle every day with sensory issues, so I’m trying to raise money to purchase sensory resources and to help towards a sensory barefoot path at school.”

Daniella said that the sensory path wouldn’t just be for kids with special needs — all of the kids at the school would be able to benefit from it.

She said: “All of the children will have access to it.

“It is something that can also be used to educate people on sensory disorders.”

Daniella will take on the Kilt Walk alongside her friend Arlene Small on August 20.

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