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Upsala, MN: School adds sensory room for students with "different needs"

Nov 7, 2017, Coon Rapids, MN, HometownSource.com: UAS adds sensory room to meet students’ needs https://www.hometownsource.com/morrison_county_record/uas-adds-sensory-room-to-meet-students-needs/article_c2f90a6a-c0bb-11e7-9dd6-17afaaec4963.html As part of the program, UAS added a sensory room recently. Even though the room is located in the elementary school section, it is available to all students who need it. The Upsala Area Schools added a sensory room to meet the needs of a wide range of the students. It’s a way to encourage positive actions and apply calming strategies that help students improve their focus and attention in the classroom. “We have trained staff that have helped identify students (who would benefit from sensory learning),” Kalthoff said. Together, they’ve also worked with Occupational Therapist Assistant Ashley Gottwalt to provide the best help for participating students. The program offers students different approaches, resources, tools and strategies that are tailored to meet every child’s needs, Kalthoff said. “Usually there are kids who seek out different needs, like chewing on things or they may need some deep pressure. These are students who are usually having difficulty in the classroom. Through the use of the sensory room, resources and interventions, we have found that by accessing those needs, their behavior in the classroom improved,” Gottwalt said. …