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Birmingham, AL: Elementary students get sensory room; 'helps calm them down'

Dec 1, 2017, (Birmingham) Alabama News Center: Wilsonville Elementary School’s new sensory room helps special-needs students http://alabamanewscenter.com/2017/12/01/wilsonville-elementary-schools-new-sensory-room-helps-special-needs-students/ A new day dawned at Wilsonville Elementary School on Nov. 27, when teachers and administrators unveiled their new sensory room. Special-education teacher Dana Nave said that the sensory room — provided by the Gaston Chapter of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) — has opened a whole new world for students with autism or special needs, as well as any student who needs a quiet place to regroup. During the Thanksgiving holiday break, members of Gaston APSO installed new equipment in the school’s sensory room, designed not only to calm students but to help them learn. Before the redesign, the 12-by-12-foot room contained little equipment. Now, the room includes state-of-the-art gear such as manual dexterity boards, physio balls, a “ready set move” classroom activity set, a concentration rocker, textured pop beads, gel floor tiles and even a “cozy cove” where students can relax away from others. … “Sometimes children get overwhelmed in the classroom, and this room helps calm them down until they can return to the classroom,” Nave said, watching her students at play. “This room is open to the whole school. Some kids function fine without being affected academically, but they have emotional needs, so this provides them a safe space as well.” …