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Clanton, AL: $1,500 grant to update elementary school sensory room

Feb 15, 2018, Clanton (AL) Advertiser: Grant helps students with special needs http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/2018/02/15/grant-helps-students-with-special-needs/ The Clanton Elementary School sensory room will get some needed updates thanks to a Partners Enhancing Education in Chilton County grant for $1,500 from the Chilton Education Foundation. … “Our vision is to set this up more to meet the needs of our kids with special needs, like autism or sensory processing problems, just to make it more user friendly where they can come in and get their sensory needs met,” Loftis said. The room has some items for students when they need to use up some energy or need a mental break. Teachers want to add an area specifically for students who need a quiet place to calm down from sensory overload, such as a noisy lunchroom. Lofits said the plan is for this area to be slightly dark, with fiber optic lights, glow in the dark items, body sock (breathable materia that provides resistance), bean bags and soft music. … “We were very excited and grateful that we were awarded the PEECh Grant and have the opportunity to provide our students with Autism these wonderful updates to our sensory room,” Helfinstine said. … Loftis said most children with autism or ADHD in kindergarten through second grade need “a sensory break” during the school day.