About Us

Sensory Souls has evolved from Sensory Movie Day, which was created in August 2011 by Chanelle Avison.

Recognising a need for Special Needs children to be able to attend the movies in a safe & judgement-free environment, Chanelle organised movie sessions where children are free to move around the cinema, with lighting dimmed and the sound lowered. Volunteers monitor the fire exits (to police the ‘runners’!) and the session is a ‘judgement free’ zone.

Sensory Movie Day is currently run in 33 locations around Australia.

In September 2013 Chanelle was joined by Leah Keating, who provided assistance and support with Sensory Movie Day.

After the success of the movie events and listening to many of the families who attended, Chanelle and Leah recognised a need for the children to have a wider range of fun and new experiences; there has subsequently been a major expansion in the number of events and the range of activities organised. These now include stand up paddle boarding, surfing, pool days, museum visits, Train rides, visits to Australia Zoo, Car events, expo’s and many more.

Further to these activities, families also told us about their desire to have their children’s photos taken with Santa, and the challenges they faced to have this done in an environment where their challenges were understood and catered for. From this, Sensory Santa was born, with sessions specifically ear-marked for Special Needs children, and where possible, Sensory Souls representatives in attendance to assist.

We manage about 20 Shopping Centres in 2 countries and with just under 60 Sensory Santa Sessions running over the 5 weeks, we give about 700 families the opportunity to have a photo with Santa.

With the growth of Sensory Movie Day, Sensory Santa and the various Sensory Activity events we have decided to form Sensory Souls to incorporate all of these.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

True Street Car Club

Mission: We try to be there for all our Members whether it is for some advice from others who might know or a helping hand. Too have a fun & enjoyable Car Club with people that enjoy getting out on the road & Cruizin and socialising…………

Description: Our Club is run by it’s Members, so we all get to have some fun…… It doesn’t matter what stage your Car is at, whether it is daily driven or the fastest race Car or the shiniest show Car ………. Everyone is Welcome, bring the kiddie’s too………

Thank you True Street Car club for your kind donation and support at our ‘DBWI’ event on the 21st July 2018.

Real Streeters Car Club

Thank you Real Streeters Car club for your kind donation and support at our ‘DBWI’ event on the 21st July 2018.

Artisans Guild of Caboolture & District Inc

Thank you for your kind donations.  These donations help towards running events for our families.


Playmaker Business Operations

Playmaker Business is a boutique company that offers business development strategies, operational guidance and business management services to not-for-profits, small businesses and people with ideas looking to launch their business.  Email for information.

The Spectrum Organisation

The Spectrum Organisation is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of services to support and engage the community. The organisation is committed to fostering inclusion and a sense of connection within the community.

Spectrum Community Centre
10 Leanne Crescent
Lawnton QLD 4501
Ph: (07) 3881 3310
Email: manager@spectrum.org.au

Rob Carr Pty Ltd

Huge THANK YOU to  “Rob Carr PTY LTD – Civil Construction & Tunnelling” for kindly donating a Remote Area First Aid Kit which will be at the events Sensory Souls run.

Thank you so much.. check out their Website at http://www.robcarr.com.au/index.html

Playmaker Business Operations

Special thanks to Ashmore Palms for their kind donation towards our end of year raffle. You can follow them on Facebook  or go to their website  for further details or call 07 5539 3222. They are a great holiday destination for the whole family

Meat City

Huge Thank you to Meat City at Morayfield for the continued support. When we have our BBQ’s they are one of the great Butchers we use.
Address: Dickson Road Markets
13-17 Dickson Rd, Morayfield QLD 4506
Ph: 07 5498 9899