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Logan, OH: Middle schools get sensory room for "self-regulation" and "calming environment"

Dec 30, 2017, Logan (OH) Daily News: LHMS opens new sensory room for occupational therapy https://www.logandaily.com/neighbors/lhms-opens-new-sensory-room-for-occupational-therapy/article_ec795add-7b35-533f-9374-a9752cb9c44c.html Logan-Hocking Middle School recently added a sensory room for students who participate in occupational therapy provided by Hocking Valley Community Hospital. “The occupational therapists at Logan-Hocking Middle School use a variety of tools and activities to address and foster the sensory needs of our students,” Missy McCrady, HVCH Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, said.... Some tools in the new sensory room include a swing and squeeze canoe that applies proprioception for deep pressure and can be safely rocked side to side; scooter boards, trampolines and crash pads to increase vestibular input, which all act as alerting and calming tools while providing strength and endurance; and weighted lap buddy animals to produce a calming effect to increase focus and attention to classroom tasks/activities. Therapists also have provided sensory break boxes for each classroom to allow the students a 3-5 minute break to regain focus when easily distracted. Items in the box include a variety of fidgets, calming liquid timers, stress balls, child safe bead threading, chewing objects, and other objects. “If a child is experiencing difficulty with sensory regulation and requires a quiet and calming environment, they are given the option to come to the OT resource sensory area and utilize OT tools to assist in promoting self-regulation,” McCrady said. “We offer alternative seating ideas for students to promote an optimal learning environment for our ‘little wigglers’ to increase attention in the classroom.” …