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Monroe, MI: Sensory room with "ocean theme"; helps with focus and socialization

Feb 17, 2018, Monroe (MI) News: A room with a view — of the ocean http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180217/room-with-view---of-ocean Monroe Road Elementary School has transformed a storage room into an underwater retreat. The room received its makeover from parent and professional artist Jen Goodrich. She designed a kid-friendly room by creating an underwater-themed mural. … Chapman said the school is embracing proactive discipline by instituting the ocean-themed sensory room. “A sensory room is a therapeutic space with a variety of equipment that provides students with a space of calm and focus so they can be better prepared for learning and interacting with others,” Chapman said. After returning from winter break, students started visiting the room. Chapman said the room gives students a mental break. An overwhelmed student can meet a teacher in the sensory room and work through therapeutic exercises. Once the student has become more collected, he or she returns to the classroom ready to focus and socialize. “It is a preventative measure because if you do not give attention to that child in that situation early, it could mount into something later that is going to create a consequence for that kid,” Chapman said. “I thought it was a really great thing for kids to just be able to calm down and take them out of a mood,” Goodrich said. “They can take a breath and then start over without getting in any trouble.” …