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Duluth, MN: High school adds sensory room where autistic students can "calm down/relax"

Dec 12, 2019, Gwinnett Daily Post: GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Strickland donation funds Duluth Sensory Room For some students served in Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Special Education program, significant sensory needs can have a big impact on how they interact with others, their ability to focus on learning, and the flow of their day. Unexpected noises, bright lights and certain smells or textures can disrupt the learning of some, while other students may need extra stimulation of their senses to have a successful day of learning. In January, after learning of the significant sensory needs of the special education students at Duluth High School from GCPS Occupational Therapist Mary Jo Ray-Jewett, local business owners Clyde and Sandra Strickland of Metro Waterproofing decided to sponsor a specially designed room at the school to meet students’ sensory needs, according to GCPS’ Communique online magazine…. In the article, Robertson said the Sensory Room is where she can take students who are experiencing frustration or anxiety so they can calm down, relax and return to learning in the classroom. “The Sensory Room has been a tremendous help with my students with autism,” Robertson told the magazine. … The Strickland Sensory Room has components to meet the needs of Duluth students with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities as well as students at all levels served in the autism program. Some classes have been able to integrate the Sensory Room into their daily routine, while others use the room on an as-needed basis….


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