Portsmouth, OH: SPED teachers have sensory room for disabled students

Aug 22, 2017, Portsmouth (OH) Daily Times: Teachers go above and beyond Most children pay little attention to the amount of sound or even light in a room, but the children in Anna Whitt and Crystal McCain’s classroom may very well. These are Portsmouth Elementary teachers who teach children with multiple disabilities. Their classes consist of grades kindergarten through fourth grade students with different needs. They have students with autism, hearing impaired, and visual impairments; just a variety of needs. A sensory room is defined as a special room, designed to develop a person’s sense, usually through special lighting, music, and objects. It can be used as a therapy for children. “Sensory Room” is characterized by spaces specifically designed and utilized to promote self-organization and positive change. Their needs have gotten higher, so their units had more kids in them and they were trying to figure out how to better meet their needs, because doing it by themselves is a difficult job. At the end of the school year, they got together and thought about combining their classrooms. They wanted to create a big sensory room, to meet the behavioral and social needs of their students. It would also help students needing help in gross motor and fine motor skills.