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(Ireland) Galway school celebrates new autism unit

June 24, 2022, Connacht Tribune: Celebrations as new autism unit launched at Mervue school

From this week’s Galway City Tribune A city school opened an autism unit last week following a hugely successful fundraising campaign…. “It’s been fantastic,” said Doireann Hanrahan, a teacher in the Autism Class at Radharc na Mara.

“We didn’t expect to get nearly as much money as was donated.”

A sensory room is an area for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other sensory disorders to regulate their emotions using lighting, movement, and other tools.

The sensory room at the school contains things like cocoon swings, weighted blankets, and tactile panels that help students with ASD regulate themselves and rejoin their classroom in a calmer state.

Champagne for new autism unit!

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