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Mitchell, SD: Elem school extension; new sensory room for ASD students to reduce anxiety

Oct 3, 2018, Mitchell (SD) Daily Republic: Woonsocket Elementary extension complete http://mitchellrepublic.com/news/education/4508325-woonsocket-elementary-extension-complete Students and teachers at Woonsocket Elementary are moved in and enjoying a 5,000-square-foot addition to the school, which was completed last month…. The extension added two classrooms for the fifth- and sixth-graders, two classrooms for special education students, teacher offices and a sensory room for students with autism. "The sensory room is a place for kids with autism to calm themselves, if there is a situation for them where they show high anxiety levels. We never had this before and we have seen a huge difference for these kids," Weber said. Students with autism are accompanied to the sensory room and generally stay there for 10-minute time periods to regain focus and calmness….