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E. Moline, IL: Elementary school unveils sensory room to help with student anxiety

Mar 29, 2018, East Moline (IL) Dispatch—Argus: Sensory room will aid Winola students http://qconline.com/news/local/sensory-room-will-aid-winola-students/article_b0ed5af7-90c1-5354-a021-e916db4291f3.html Winola Elementary School on Wednesday unveiled a sensory room designed to help students deal with anxiety…. Ms. Roberts said the room was designed to meet the needs of special education students as well as students with sensory needs or behavioral issues. The room is divided into two spaces — a calming area and an active one. … "We hope to get the behaviors in check before they become a problem," she said. … "It’s amazing what some time in a tent with a weighted blanket can do for some of these students that just need the break," Ms. Roberts said. Winola special education teacher Lori Staves said the school had students who needed breaks to calm down and regroup or self-regulate. …