Pittsburgh: Elementary school gets sensory room; it's 'instantly calming for the students'

Dec 16, 2017, Pittsburgh Tribune: New room at Lower Burrell school offers relief for students on autism spectrum A newly created room at Bon Air Elementary School in Lower Burrell is providing play with a purpose. It's called the Sensory Therapy Room, which was implemented this fall on campus after several years of planning. The room's goal is to provide sensory relief for about 12 students on the autism spectrum and in the special education department. Veteran special education teacher Pamela Sawhook offers more than 40 years of teaching experience and was instrumental in designing the space that she called “an important need.” Grant money, donations from supporters and previously budgeted district funds financed the room's sensory supplies. … “This room is instantly calming for the students,” said Amy Hepler, special education personal care assistant. “If they (the students) are upset, it's nice to bring them to the sensory room and not disrupt the other students in the academic room.”