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(Portugal) School adds sensory room for kids with "autism, Down syndrome, hyperactivity, depression"

June 27, 2023, Portugal News: Sensory Room Project

A dream came true for staff and special needs pupils at a school in Almancil, EB Canon Dr. Clementino de Brito Pinto, part of Agrupamento de Escolas de Almancil, and most especially for teachers Sras. Rita Reis and Maria Mestre.

Rita and Maria teach children with special needs whose ages range from 5 to 16 years.

These children’s problems can include but are not limited to autism, Down syndrome, hyperactivity and depression. The dream was to have a sensory room which would benefit these children. Time in a sensory room can provide a sense of calm, help and improve their visual and auditory skills and help to regulate their behaviour. However, the equipment for these rooms is specific and expensive.

When Peter Hinze, Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) Chair of Community Services heard about the need for a sensory room, he decided this was a project the club which has supported the school with various projects in the past, including support for the special needs children, should become involved with…..

Last week the project finally came to fruition. The room is now complete with state-of-the-art equipment including a waterbed, music and many sensory light and tactile objects for the children to use on occasions when Rita and Maria feel the children need time out from their lesson to calm down or when they may be in need of sensory stimulation.

At a ceremony at the school attended by staff, teachers and members and guests of AIRC, the Sensory Room was officially opened by Peter Hinze, Marco Cogolles and School Director Sra Rosario Millitao.

“We are delighted and proud to have supported this worthwhile project,” said Peter Hinze. …

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