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Coeur d'Alene, WA: Schools accommodate kids with sensory processing issues

Nov 6, 2017, Spokane (WA) Spokesman Review: Awareness grows around sensory processing issues http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/nov/06/awareness-grows-around-sensory-processing-issues/#/0 Certain classrooms at Ramsey Magnet School of Science in Coeur d’Alene offer soft lights and special seating that let kids wiggle while learning. Chuck E. Cheese locations in Spokane and Spokane Valley dim lights and noises the first Sunday of the month for a sensory-friendly morning for children with autism and special needs. At Spokane Public Schools, some classes have flexible seating options — from exercise balls to specialty cushions — and softened lights. And soon, Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene will add a sensory integration room to expand outpatient therapy for pediatric patients. Awareness is growing about sensory processing issues among children, say Spokane and Coeur d’Alene occupational therapists. Sensory issues are common among kids who are diagnosed with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, among other conditions. Some kids shut down completely and disengage….