A Sensory Room for Silas
As a company dedicated to giving back in our communities, we are always on the lookout for families who could use our help. And one of our field service technicians in Dallas, Texas recently found such a family.
When the technician noticed that Silas, the son of one of his customers, was autistic, he knew Vivint could help. With a focus on helping children with intellectual disabilities, the Vivint Gives Back Foundation stepped in to find ways to help the family.
With sales representatives and field service technicians in the Dallas area coming together to volunteer, Vivint built a sensory room for Silas and did makeovers in Silas’ bedroom and the family’s upstairs family room. “Each sensory room we do we tailor to the individual needs of the child,” Michael Sproul, Vivint Gives Back coordinator, said. “We want to not only create a fun place for them, but also create an educational space that can help them become functioning adults.”
At 6’4, 14 year-old Silas is called the gentle giant and hopes to one day join the army. With this in mind, Vivint volunteers made his sensory room exercise based with a punching bag, exercise bike, pull-up bar, weight set and rubber flooring. The bedroom makeover included an army theme and the right size of bed for Silas. The new family room was designed to be a fun place for the family to spend time together and included new couches, a t.v., and a popcorn maker. As an added surprise Vivint also built a small “man cave” outside as a special place for Silas with a tool chest, seating, and even a fridge and t.v..
“During the reveal Silas attempted to do pull-ups in his new sensory room and loved that everyone was cheering him on. It was a meaningful moment and project,” Sproul said.