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Charles City, IA: Elem school adds 'sensory floor' so students with "sensory overload" can relax

Jan 7, 2019, KIMT3, Rochester, MN: 'SENSORY FLOOR' RECEIVING POSITIVE REVIEWS AT CHARLES CITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Teachers in a North Iowa elementary school are trying to improve the classroom atmosphere for students who have sensory issues. Lincoln Elementary in Charles City recently introduced a "sensory floor" in a hallway at the school. The hall gives students specific instructions to help them concentrate while burning off some extra energy. For instance, they might be asked to hop skotch from one end of the hall to the other. The goal is to help reduce sensory overload, stress and anxiety throughout the school day. … Lincoln's not the only school to have a sensory floor. "Washington is in the works. They're actually going to have a sensory hallway hopefully by the end of this month." In addition to the sensory floor, the school has brought in lighting filters to reduce glare, and created other spaces where students can calm down and relax outside of their classrooms.
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