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(Ireland) Limerick school adds $68K (US dollars) sensory room/garden to reduce anxiety

Oct 2, 2018, Limerick Post: Spirit of the 80′s to fund sensory fun for kids at St Gabriel’s school and Therapy Centre https://www.limerickpost.ie/2018/10/02/spirit-of-the-80%E2%80%B2s-to-fund-sensory-fun-for-kids/ FOR the young charges at St Gabriel’s school and Therapy Centre in Dooradoyle, their new sensory room and garden are a stress buster, an anxiety remedy and a developmental aid all wrapped into one. Sensory experiences help children with special needs to cope with the demands placed on them in dealing with a world that is often strange, frightening and just too much. So while the school and the parents’ association feel the room and garden are worth every penny of the €46,000 [$67584.42 US dollars] that they cost, they still have to be paid for so they are planning fundraisers, the first of which it’s hoped will bring in €6,000 to help tackle the overdraft. “Sensory input is hugely important for the children to ground and de-stress,” explained Linda O’Leary of St Gabriel’s PTA….