Feb 16, 2022, WALB Albany, GA: Crisp Co. Primary adds sensory rooms to help kids’ emotions https://www.walb.com/2022/02/16/crisp-co-primary-adds-sensory-rooms-help-kids-emotions/
Cordele, GA As many kids get back into the classroom full time, a focus for schools has been social and emotional learning. Crisp County Primary School is one of those schools. Just recently, they added four new sensory rooms. Kelly Glass, a first and third grade special education teacher, said kids can spend about 10-15 minutes in the rooms to decompress and then get a fresh start back in the classroom…. Glass said these rooms are open to all students and are helpful in situations where they get overwhelmed, frustrated or angry…. The rooms are aimed at helping with social and emotional learning…. Glass said typically, students spend only a few minutes in the room to calm down. Ultimately, helping them get back to class quicker. “We have seen children be able to go from a state where they are not able to even listen to what the teacher is saying. After they come in the room, they’re able to leave the room in a better state,” said Glass. Funded through multiple grants, each room costs from $6,000-$11,000. Although it’s open to the whole school, it also helps students with ADD, ADHD, autism and excessive compulsive disorder.