(UK) Sutton: Special needs preschool gets sensory room; "calming, relaxing environment"

May 24, 2018, (UK) Royal Sutton News: New Sensory Space For Sutton Coldfield School Thanks To Parent & Teacher Collaboration Walmley Infant School has opened a new sensory space for pupils with a wide range of additional needs including autism. ... ... It has been designed to support the sensory needs of the school’s autistic children, combining a calming space with practical tools such as a trampoline, beanbags and range of sensory toys. The sensory room was the brainchild of parents, Marie and Pete Hitchman, whose five-year-old son Jeffrey has autism and is in reception at Walmley Infant School. “The staff at Walmley Infant School have gone above and beyond in supporting Jeffrey’s needs since he started last year, but like any school, they were restricted in the facilities they had available to support specific requirements. “We were delighted when they accepted our offer of help to create a space that would serve not only as a sensory room for autistic children at the school, but as a calming, relaxing environment for all children, whether they have special educational needs or not. ... “That said, it’s a space all of our children can benefit from, especially if a child is upset or unwell, as well as giving us a fun space to explore in small groups.