Jan 5, 2020, Abilene (TX) Reporter News: Abilene ISD's first sensory path gets students skipping, jumping, squatting and more https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/education/2020/01/05/abilene-isd-ward-elementary-first-sensory-path-gets-students-skipping-jumping-squatting-autism/2770046001/ …That's how the new sensory hallway at Ward Elementary School begins. It's a lot of physical activity for a school filled with young children who need to get the "wiggles" out…. "This isn't only for our special education students. It's for everybody. There are students diagnosed ADHD who have extra wiggles, and they need to get some of their fidgetiness out so they can get back to class," Ripple said. "We have some older kids who are coming through here in the morning, and they're a little sleepy getting off the bus, so they need to wake themselves up. "We have some students with autism and they needs some of that sensory input. So, they go through here and they're hopping and a skipping and they're jumping and they're pressing."… They sold Smencils (smelly pencils) and spirit sticks each Friday last school year, pulling in about $2,000 in funds….
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