Boces parents hold fundraiser to implement sensory room
“We find that sensory exploration rooms are very beneficial especially to children that have Autism and other disabilities,” said administrator Ann Logel. “A sensory exploration room has a stimulation area and a relaxation area and offers students tactile stimulation or helps to relax them. Studies show that repeated exposure to sensory experiences can help to ground and generate responses from students who otherwise would have trouble responding in other settings.”
One of the students’ grandmother, Phyllis Walker, started the idea last fall to have a fund-raiser and worked with the building’s Building Committee and the Parent Tea Association to organize it.
“She was the catalyst that got the ball rolling for this,” said Logel. “She felt that her grandson Jeffrey would really benefit from this along with his schoolmates and wanted to see one implemented.”
The event was held in June of this year and raised $2,567, which was donated to the North Tonawanda Learning Center.
“I was amazed by the support from the community for our school,” said Logel. “We have the room started in our Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy rooms and hope to have it completed by January. It was a wonderful thing that Phyllis and our staff did and we are thrilled that we can now offer this component to our classes. We can’t thank everyone who was involved with this enough.”