Disco lights, music, and a lot of bubbles, are what students at the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind, get to experience in their brand new multi-sensory classroom. This room helps heighten the senses for students who have trouble hearing, or seeing. When the students come in here, the lights and sounds make them come alive. Therapist Amy Hess brought the idea to the school, after her internship at the University of California. She says, “The students come into the sensory room any time they need their system fed, whether its to calm down, or to relax.”
The room has a lot of bubbles tubes that change colors, a heated water bed for relaxing, and a ball pit that has vibrations in it. There are lights that change colors on the walls, and several places where students can hear different sounds and feel different vibrations. Principal Mary Lou Casey says the school raised thirty thousand dollars to build this state of the art room. “The fund-raising, the response we had from the community, from our staff, from the Hidden Angel Foundation, was just incredible.”
The multi-sensory room has quickly become the most popular room at the school, or at least the one with the most bubbles. Many students like to visit the room first thing in the morning to either get energized, or relaxed and focused to start their day.