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Lexington, NE: Schools add sensory rooms for "unmet sensory needs" of students

Nov 7, 2017, Lexington (NE) Clipper Herald: Therapeutic space: school sensory rooms http://lexch.com/news/therapeutic-space-school-sensory-rooms/article_8e4421d2-b383-11e7-a224-a7d9eda1a7c6.html Two of Lexington’s elementary schools now have sensory rooms thanks to innovative staff who worked to put the rooms together, funded in part by grants.... She said if a child has unmet sensory needs it might be hard for them to sit in a chair and stay focused to learn. Daup said a visit to a sensory room can prepare a student to learn or might help a child have better interactions with their peers and teacher. Sensory rooms are used by both special education and regular education students, she said.... School personnel are tracking data for students who use the rooms, looking at the amount of time they can spend on task following a visit or if impulsive behaviors such as blurting out or getting off topic have improved. Cetak said using the sensory rooms may provide an alternative to medication for some students.