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Knoxville, TN: Elem school unveils "sensory courtyard" for students having "a bad day"

May 22, 2019, WVLT-TV, Knoxville, TN: Sensory courtyard unveiled at Dogwood Elementary A sensory courtyard was unveiled Wednesday at Dogwood Elementary as a place for children to play, explore and re-set. The new area features what's called a tinkering wall set with wheels, gardens with edible plants and a hot-stone zone. Teachers at the school said it's a great retreat if students have had a bad day, "We wanted to reduce behaviors we were seeing in the classroom, give children a place to explore, calm down when or if they needed to and a place to learn because we are after all, a school," said Dogwood Elementary special education Teacher Ashley Brooks. … …"I think it's fun because you can express your feelings when you're upset."


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