Multi-sensory room helps students focus on learning

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Multi-sensory room combines a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses

The new multi-sensory room at Sligo Elementary School has been specially designed to combine a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses. These can include lights, colors, sounds, and sensory soft play objects, aromas all within an environment that allows safe exploration. According to an article on the district’s website, sensory rooms like this one can help students with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments learn to interact with the world around them. Therapists or teachers can observe the students to see what types of stimuli are effective for them. At Sligo, any child whom teachers feel could benefit from this space, will have access to it. For example, students may use the space to relieve stress or anxiety that affects their ability to learn. Equipment in the room includes “moon” sand, scooters, a trampoline, exercise balls, bean bags, lava lamps, sensory tubes, tunnels, chewies, and weighted vests and blankets. Union Superintendent Jean McCleary lead the initiative and district personnel conducted research and worked with Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 to develop a plan for the room.