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(Ireland) Killarney: School adds $11,000 "calming space"

Feb 15, 2023, Independent: Photos show Minister Madigan’s visit to Killarney to open new sensory pod at local school

Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan paid a special visit to Killarney last week to officially launch the Presentation Monastery National School Sensory Pod.

The new pod has been a huge asset to the school helping the young boys helping to reduce stress and anxiety and Principal Mary Brosnan was delighted to welcome the Minister and explain the benefits of the new pod.

“Since the arrival of our new sensory pod we have seen significant benefits for some of our boys as it has helped reduce stress ahead of the start of a school day and it really has become a safe space for some boys by reducing anxiety,” said Ms Brosnan.

“Our staff are able to work on a one-to-one basis with the boys, helping them in their educational programmes with the help of music, songs and even the ambient lighting helps to block out distractions helping them concentrate a lot more on their tasks.”

The new pod was won by the Killarney School at the 2022 IPPN. The Pod which is worth €10,000 [$11,000] was sponsored by Fresh Today & and Murrays Medical is a futuristic calming space full of amazing features which has a calming effect on users as well as bring autism friendly….
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